Tajuddin’s ‘Tanah Melayu’ remark factually wrong, says Upko man

Tuaran MP Wilfred Madius Tangau and Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman.

KUALA LUMPUR: An Upko MP has taken Umno’s Tajuddin Abdul Rahman to task for saying that Malaysia is “Tanah Melayu” in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday, saying this is historically and factually wrong.

Tajuddin, who is Pasir Salak MP, had said the rights of the Malays should not be questioned, and that they were the original people of Malaysia.

“Some may not want to accept that this is Tanah Melayu, and maybe some people from the outside do not want to accept this,” he said, adding that pribumi rights should not be questioned.

Tuaran MP Wilfred Madius Tangau reminded Tajuddin that the peninsula ceased being called Tanah Melayu after 1963 when Malaysia was formed with Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore.

He also said Sabah and Sarawak constituted around 60% of the land size that made up Malaysia at 198,081 sq km, compared with the peninsula at 132,265 sq km.

He said what the Pasir Salak MP had said during the debate was historically wrong and bad for national unity as well as the 2030 Shared Prosperity Vision.

“I hereby join the rest of Malaysians, especially us Sabahans and Sarawakians, in opposing and rejecting his views,” he said at a press conference today.

Tangau also responded to Bung Moktar Radin’s statement in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday that the Sabah government was a backdoor government, telling the Kinabatangan MP to stop making such remarks.

He said neither Barisan Nasional (BN) nor Warisan had been able to form the state government after the 2018 election, while STAR Sabah had decided to leave the opposition for BN.

He said his party’s Supreme Council decided to join forces with Warisan as the party had garnered 60% of the popular vote in Sabah, adding that this showed that the people wanted a change.

“I knew the ramifications that would come with the unexpected decision, but I abided and concurred with my Supreme Council. We made the bold move.

“I wish to point out also today that the Sabah government is solid and all set to do our best until the next general election.”

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