Anifah hints at creating new party

Former foreign minister Anifah Aman says he will give the government time to resolve the MA63 issue. (Bernama pic)

KIMANIS: Former foreign minister Anifah Aman has hinted that he may form a new party, a month after leaving Umno.

In his speech at an event here today, the Kimanis MP asked the more than 800 attendees what they thought if he was to build a “new house”.

“What do you say if we build a new house?” he said to a standing ovation from the audience.

Later, when speaking to reporters, Anifah reiterated his statement but added that the decision would depend on the outcome of the discussions on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) at the federal level.

He said it never crossed his mind to join Warisan like what Labuan MP Rozman Isli did and he would remain an independent until it was time to make a decision.

“All I am saying is, if the need arises for us to do so, then we will. But we will give the government time to resolve the matter.

“So far, it seems that the terms for the MA63 committees have not been defined properly yet,” he said.

Recently, de facto law minister Liew Vui Keong announced the establishment of the steering committee to look into MA63 which would include the prime minister, chief ministers from Sabah and Sarawak and other federal ministers.

On top of this, Liew also said the federal Cabinet also approved the formation of the working committee and technical committee to look into the implementation of the MA63.

Anifah said all Sabah opposition MPs will be watching the parliamentary session, vowing that they will support any bills to reinstate Sabah and Sarawak’s rights.

He warned that if the committees were proven to be only a political ploy, then he would have to look at other options.

Anifah also said it was his hope that the two chief ministers in the steering committee would not buckle under pressure and would actually represent the people.

The event was attended by several other leaders including Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan, Libaran MP from Umno, Zakaria Edris and Sook assemblyman Ellron Angin of Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS).

Anifah said the presence of other MPs and assemblymen from other parties at the event was not political as they came because of MA63.