Saba­hans now re­al­ize where Pandikar’s heart re­ally is – Hen­rynus

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KOTA KINABALU: Parti Anak Negeri dis­agreed and de­scribed the state­ment on the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 (MA63) by De­wan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin as pre­ma­ture, mere as­ser­tion and a thinly veiled at­tempt to mis­lead the pub­lic.

Its pres­i­dent, Datuk Hen­rynus Amin, said Pandikar seemed to sug­gest the fight to de­mand ful­fill­ment of the terms of the Malaysia Agree­ment is a worth­less fight, serves no pur­pose and is no longer rel­e­vant.

He said no one can say con­clu­sively un­til the for­ma­tion of teview vom­mit­tee on MA63 to study the im­ple­men­ta­tion and com­pli­ance and their re­port is made pub­lic.

Hen­rynus said the peo­ple of Sabah should take Pandikar’s state­ment with a pinch of salt as he was ob­vi­ously speak­ing as a po­lit­i­cally am­bi­tious Umno leader try­ing to jus­tify the Barisan Na­sional’s inaction on MA63.

“His state­ment also re­in­forced lin­ger­ing doubts as to why Umno has al­ways been against ef­forts by lo­cal Sabah po­lit­i­cal par­ties rais­ing is­sues in MA63,” he said.

Pandikar, he added, fi­nally showed his true color and the ques­tion as to why he has re­peat­edly re­jected par­lia­men­tary de­bate on MA63 in Par­lia­ment is an­swered.

Hen­rynus said Pandikar is from Sabah but Saba­hans now re­al­ized where his heart re­ally is and where he stands on Sabah is­sues.

He said while Pandikar may claim to have writ­ten a book on MA63, in ac­tual fact his points are mere as­ser­tion, not based on thor­ough study and anal­y­sis.

“In fact Pandikar seemed to be­lit­tle the ef­forts by the Sarawak State Gov­ern­ment which re­cently passed a mo­tion on MA63 at the Sarawak state as­sem­bly,” he said.

“Pandikar also con­tra­dicted the work of his fel­low Umno leader Datuk Seri Ani­fah Aman, the Malaysian For­eign Min­is­ter who is spear­head­ing ef­forts to re­solve out­stand­ing is­sues in MA63 and who is also joint chair­man of the MA63 re­view com­mit­tee ap­pointed by the Prime Min­is­ter to work in the de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers to Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

Hen­rynus said MA63 is an in­ter­na­tional agree­ment that spelled out terms of the for­ma­tion of Malaysia.

There are le­git­i­mate griev­ances by the peo­ple of Sabah which the fed­eral gov­er­ment should not ig­nore.

The con­cerns ex­pressed by po­lit­i­cal par­ties must be an­swered.

1. There is ques­tion asked about Sabah/Sarawak ter­ri­to­rial bound­aries (in­clud­ing the con­ti­nen­tal shelf) be­ing re­duced from 180 miles to three miles. Land is a state mat­ter. Peo­ple would like to know how did the changes to Sabah and Sarawsk ter­ri­to­rial bound­aries take place.

2. Con­ces­sion on oil and gas was taken over by Petronas. There are ques­tions on the le­gal­ity of the Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Act 1974 and the Con­ti­nen­tal Shelf Act with­out the con­cur­rence of the State As­sem­bly of Sabah and Sarawak.

2. MA63 pro­vides for 2/5 of fed­eral rev­enue (or 40%) de­rived from Sabah/ Sarawak to be re­turned to Sabah/ Sarawak. Ques­tion is has the fed­eral gov­ern­ment com­plied with this par­tic­u­lar state right?

3. There were con­sti­tu­tional changes af­fect­ing the orig­i­nal in­ten­tion of MA63 such as the sta­tus of Sabah changed from Ne­gara Sabah to Negeri Sabah as well as re­word­ing of the sta­tus of Sabah as one or three, and not as one of 13.

4. There are other doubt­ful changes to the fed­eral con­sti­tu­tion or state laws which may pos­si­bly not in com­pli­ance with MA63 and which must be ex­plained.

Hen­rynus said fight­ing for is­sues re­lated to MA63 is part of Parti Anak Negeri’s five-core po­lit­i­cal strug­gle.

The party plans to set up a re­view com­mit­tee on MA63 in­volv­ing Sabah and Sarawak and Fed­eral Gov­er­ment to carry out the fol­low­ing terms of ref­er­ence.

1. To study all writ­ten and un­writ­ten prom­ises, as­sur­ances and guar­an­tee to the peo­ple of Sabah/Sarawak dur­ing the for­ma­tion of Malaysia re­lated to MA63.

2. To study all the con­sti­tu­tional changes or laws in Malaysia that di­rectly or in­di­rectly af­fect com­pli­ance of the orginal terms of the MA63 and de­ter­mine the le­gal­ity of these laws.

3. To present all the facts to the Sabah/Sarawak govern­ments and make spe­cific rec­om­men­da­tions.

He said the new Sabah gov­ern­ment af­ter the 14th gen­eral elec­tion will form the re­view com­mit­tee on MA63 af­ter form­ing the gov­ern­ment and its find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions will be tabled at the Sabah state as­sem­bly sit­ting to be de­bated and passed.

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