Speaker’s lec­ture mir­rors main­stream think­ing of BN lead­ers – DAP

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KOTA KINABALU: The main­stream think­ing of Barisan Na­sional lead­ers that Sabah and Sarawak are just like any other states in Malaysia is clearly re­flected in De­wan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mu­lia’s pub­lic lec­ture on the 1963 Malaysia Agree­ment (MA63) last week­end.

DAP Sabah sec­re­tary cum Sri Tan­jong assem­bly­man Chan Foong Hin said among Pandikar’s key points on is­sues re­lated to the MA63 which was widely pub­li­cised in the me­dia on Mon­day, in­cluded Sabah and Sarawak were never two sep­a­rate na­tions, but only Bri­tish colonies, prior to the for­ma­tion of Malaysia.

Pandikar also con­tended that Sabah had never been down­graded to be­ing a state in Malaysia, from be­ing one of three equal part­ners (along with Sarawak and Malaya) be­cause Sabah and Sarawak were al­ready at the same level as the other states and not (with) the Fed­er­a­tion (of Malaya).

He also de­scribed claims by cer­tain quar­ters that Sabah’s rights were not fully ex­e­cuted un­der the 1963 Malaysia Agree­ment (MA63) as empty po­lit­i­cal rhetoric to in­cite anger and ha­tred among the peo­ple in Sabah.

How­ever, Chan said DAP Sabah dis­agreed with Pandikar and his in­tepre­ta­tions on the sub­ject mat­ter.

“First and fore­most, even if Sabah and Sarawak were not na­tions prior to the for­ma­tion of Malaysia, but both ter­ri­to­ries were the sig­na­to­ries to MA63.

“We were the found­ing mem­bers to this fed­er­a­tion, and not just one of the states in the fed­er­a­tion. With­out Sabah and Sarawak, there is no Malaysia,” he said.

The 1976 amend­ment on Ar­ti­cle 1(2) of Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion have sig­nif­i­cant im­pli­ca­tions on the sta­tus of Sabah and Sarawak, ac­cord­ing to Chan.

Changes in the word­ings from three cat­e­gories of states in Malaysia (States of Malaya, Bor­neo States, and Sin­ga­pore) to one catch-all sen­tence (Malaysia con­sists of the states with their re­spec­tive name), had re­flected the “no dif­fer­ence” among all the states.

He claimed the historical fact that Sabah and Sarawak were found­ing part­ners of this fed­er­a­tion, has been deleted from the mem­ory of the rul­ing party lead­ers.

“Sabah and Sarawak are never ‘just one of the states’in the fed­er­a­tion. Malaysia is an ex­am­ple of asym­met­ri­cal de­sign of Fed­er­al­ism, with these two ter­ri­to­ries have more au­tonomies which are safe­guarded by the con­sti­tu­tional ar­range­ment as en­shrined in not only the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, but also MA63 and In­ter-Gov­ern­men­tal Com­mit­tee (IGC) Re­port,” he said.

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