MA63: State govt urged to state stand

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KOTA KINABALU: Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah has called on the state gov­ern­ment to state its stand on the re­cent remarks by De­wan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mu­lia, with re­gard to the po­si­tion of Sabah and Sarawak in the Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysia.

In a re­sponse is­sued yes­ter­day, PKR Sabah chair­man Christina Liew said it was re­gret­table to read that Pandikar tried to twist the historical facts of Malaysia’s for­ma­tion.

“It is an undis­puted fact that Malaysia was formed by four par­ties, namely Malaya, Sin­ga­pore, Sabah and Sarawak. There would be no Malaysia today with­out Sabah and Sarawak in­volved. The Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 (MA63) is valid and legally bind­ing.

“Now to have a se­nior Sabah leader like Pandikar to deny the historical facts, and by do­ing so amounts to twist­ing the in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Malaysia Agree­ment, is a dis­tor­tion of his­tory,” she con­tended.

Liew was re­spond­ing to Pandikar’s remarks made in his speech at a pub­lic fo­rum on the MA63, held here last week­end, among oth­ers deny­ing claims that Sabah was down­graded to be­ing a state in Malaysia from be­ing one of three equal part­ners, along with Sarawak and Malaya, by cit­ing that un­der Chap­ter 2 (10) of MA63, Sabah was a for­mer colony fed­er­ated along with the fed­er­ated states of Malaya.

He was also re­ported to have opined that doc­u­ments in re­la­tion to the his­tory of Malaysia’s for­ma­tion such as the 20-Point Mem­o­ran­dum and the Cob­bold Com­mis­sion Re­port merely con­tained rec­om­men­da­tions (in form­ing Malaysia) and ne­go­ti­a­tions fol­low­ing var­i­ous meet­ings at that time, but they are not legally bind­ing agree­ments.

Liew, who is also Pakatan Hara­pan (PH) Sabah chair­man, added that while any­one in­clud­ing Pandikar can claim to be an ex­pert on Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, it is nonethe­less im­por­tant that the State gov­ern­ment of Sabah must de­clare its po­si­tion on what Pandikar had com­mented.

“Is the state gov­ern­ment of Sabah, es­pe­cially the Chief Min­is­ter in agree­ment with Pandikar’s views on Sabah’s po­si­tion in the Fed­er­a­tion of Malaysia?

“The Sarawak state gov­ern­ment had tabled a sim­i­lar is­sue in their State Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly for de­bate. Is the Sabah state gov­ern­ment go­ing to al­low the elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, es­pe­cially from the op­po­si­tion side, to ta­ble the mo­tion and al­low de­bate on this im­por­tant is­sue in the com­ing De­wan sit­ting?” she asked.

Liew, who is also the Api-Api as­sem­bly­woman, also main­tained that most of the terms and con­di­tions agreed in the MA63 and later in­cor­po­rated into the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, were ei­ther re­pealed or un­ful­filled to this day.

“One glar­ing ex­am­ple is the non-ful­fill­ment of the 40% net rev­enue en­ti­tle­ment due to Sabah un­der the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion.

“It’s rather ashamed that such a learned se­nior Sabah leader like Pandikar had no qualms or what­so­ever to dis­tort the historical and con­sti­tu­tional facts to deny his very own state and its peo­ple their con­sti­tu­tional rights, for what­ever hid­den agenda he has,” she said.

She also quipped that it was not sur­pris­ing that Pandikar had gone all out to try to jus­tify the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s mis­treat­ment of Sabah all these years, con­sid­er­ing the fact that he owes his cur­rent po­si­tion and perks that come with it to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

“Be­sides, he had also in April this year de­clared his fer­vent in­ten­tion to con­test in the 14th gen­eral elec­tion,” she added.

It was pre­vi­ously re­ported that Pandikar, who now heads the United Sabah Bu­mi­put­era Or­gan­i­sa­tion (USBO), once an NGO to cater for the Ba­jau groups, had said he was well pre­pared to be a can­di­date for elec­tions.

Pandikar, who was once head of the now de­funct AKAR, pre­vi­ously was Umno Kota Marudu head but he re­lin­quished that post when he was ap­pointed De­wan Rakyat Speaker in 2008.

Christina Liew

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