Tag: Malaysia Agreement 1963
Sabah and Sarawak activists are not convinced that the federal government will return the billions owed to the two states under MA63.
The meeting also appointed new members from Sabah and Sarawak to the committee.
Chief Minister Shafie Apdal says Sabah also has debts to pay.
De facto law minister Liew Vui Keong says allowing Sabah to take care of its own resources is part of federal government’s intention to give Sabah its rights under MA63.
Its secretary-general Johnny Mositun says the High Court judgement relied heavily on a controversial Perak case, giving the impression that Sabah is one of 13 states and not an equal partner.
Its chief Abdul Aziz Julkarnain says the suggestion apparently made by a deputy minister cannot be taken lightly.
Failing which, Jeffrey Kitingan says Sabah and Sarawak should be granted full independence.
They say the use of English should instead be encouraged.
Chief Minister Shafie Apdal will instruct state attorney-general to look into the matter.
Parti Warisan Sabah Supreme Council member Martin Tommy assures Sabahans that MA63 will be front and centre as the government tries to put things right.
Parti Bersatu Sabah acting Youth chief Christopher Mandut laughs off Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s promise on MA63, claiming it was Mahathir who suppressed MA63 before.
PBS secretary-general Johnny Mositun says Sabah will prosper if the infrastructure is put into place.
The KDM youth leader finally made his choice to join the oldest local party in Sabah after quitting Upko in July.
Dr Mahathir says there is a need to develop infrastructure in Sabah and Sarawak, but reminds both states that the population there is lesser than the peninsula.
Batang Sadong MP says reason why Sarawakians are now very aggressive is because state is still behind peninsula in terms of development.
Arthur Sen also calls on the federal government to start setting aside 40% of net revenue collected to be given back to Sabah.
Sabah NGO PAN says the government must be properly advised on MA63 in order to fully implement it.
Sabah Progressive Party president Yong Teck Lee says he is just reminding Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking of his statement last year about RM1 trillion federal debt to Sabah.
SAPP president says Richard Malanjum was appointed chief justice based on merit, not because of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
This is despite SUPP's poor showing in GE14, with the party losing six of the seven seats it contested.
Najib Razak and BN have promised numerous times that Sabah and Sarawak's rights under MA63 will be restored, but the ambiguous words 'realised by consensus' in their manifesto may leave some doubtful.
Barisan Nasional state leaders say the prime minister has made it clear that the power to regulate production and distribution of gas and electricity will be given back to Sabah.
The difference is that this time, BN will afford special mention of the MA63 in their manifesto, says a senior Sabah lecturer.
The veteran opposition politician urges Sabahans to vote for change, saying such an opportunity will not come again.