Stop talk on se­ces­sion

> Sabah, Sarawak will re­main as part of Malaysia, says Na­jib UNITED SPIRIT

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PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Sabah and Sarawak will not se­cede from Malaysia and all talk on the mat­ter should cease, said Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak.

“If there is some­thing we did that vi­o­lated the Agree­ment and took away the rights of the peo­ple of Sarawak and Sabah, then we will make amends.

“Any amend­ments to the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 must not go against the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion,” he said.

On the Syariah Courts (Crim­i­nal Ju­ris­dic­tion) Act 165 amend­ments, Na­jib said it is an Is­lamic re­quire­ment and a mat­ter of con­cern for Mus­lims.

“Non-Mus­lims must un­der­stand, this is not hudud. This is to em­power the ju­ris­dic­tion of the syariah courts. This has noth­ing to do with non-Mus­lims,” he said, adding that the gov­ern­ment will dis­cuss the pur­pose of the amend­ments with the other com­po­nent par­ties.

At a re­cent TV3 in­ter­view, Na­jib said naysay­ers had pre­dicted that Barisan Na­siona (BN)l would do badly dur­ing the Sarawak state elec­tion be­cause of the in­tro­duc­tion of the Goods and Ser­vices Tax, but that was not the case.

He added that this was also the case in the Sun­gai Be­sar and Kuala Kangsar by- elec­tions, which saw BN can­di­dates re­tain­ing con­trol of the seats.

Com­ment­ing on Umno’s re­la­tion­ship with PAS, he said the Is­lamist party is com­mit­ted to cham­pi­oning the cause of the ummah.

While ac­knowl­edg­ing that both par­ties share views on cer­tain is­sues, he said Umno’s re­la­tion­ship with PAS was dif­fer­ent from what it was in the past.

In re­gard to the 14th gen­eral elec­tion, he said Umno must show unity and avoid bick­er­ing and in­fight­ing, be­cause the pub­lic wants a po­lit­i­cal party that is united.

“We must also be mind­ful of what we say, even di­vi­sion lead­ers, be­cause the pub­lic will eval­u­ate what is said as a re­flec­tion of the party.”

... Umno pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak and vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi lead the party’s supreme coun­cil in its rally call “Ber­satu, Ber­se­tia, Berkhid­mat” at the Pu­tra World Trade Cen­tre in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day dur­ing the open­ing of the Umno gen­eral assem­bly.

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