Nazri Aziz slammed by Sabah leader for ‘hurtful’ remark over MA63

Nazri Aziz was reported as saying that equal status would mean that Peninsular Malaysians would not have to show their passports when entering Sabah and Sarawak.

KOTA KINABALU: A former Barisan Nasional component party leader has slammed Nazri Aziz over a remark the latter made on Sabah and Sarawak’s status in Malaysia, saying it is annoying and hurtful to the people in Borneo.

PBS information chief Jahid Jahim said: “Nazri seems to be totally ignorant of the contents of the MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963) and what they mean for Sabahans and Sarawakians.

“If a former senior federal cabinet member like him does not even know the contents of the MA63 then how can we expect the others to understand the significance of MA63 and its contents.

“There is an urgent and serious need for the education ministry to expand the syllabus in schools to include the topic from A-Z on MA63 and the formation of Malaysia.”

Nazri was reported as saying he personally supported giving equal status to Sabah and Sarawak but added that equal status would mean that Peninsular Malaysians would not have to show their passports when entering Sabah and Sarawak.

“When there is no more restriction, then only are we equal,” said Nazri.

Jahid, who won the Tamparuli state seat on a BN ticket in the May 9 polls, said in a statement today that such remarks hurt the feelings of the people in Sabah and Sarawak.

“The passport issue was among the immigration powers or safeguards that had been agreed upon during the negotiation for the formation of Malaysia.

“Any remarks from anybody to dispute this is uncalled for and must be totally condemned,” said Jahid.

PBS was among those which left the BN fold after the last general election. Upko, PBRS and LDP were the other Sabah-based parties which also quit the coalition.