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“Fulfill Malaysia Agreement or Go Separate Ways

- Dr. Jeffrey”


Kota Kinabalu: “Now that the installation of Pehin

Sri Taib as the 7th Governor of Sarawak has

taken place, the leaders of Sabah and Sarawak

need to focus and speak with one voice that the

Malaysia Agreement needs to be implemented

and fulfilled” said Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan,

STAR Sabah Chief, commenting on Malaysia’s top

judge, Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria that Sabah

and Sarawak formed Malaysia and that they are

key partners in the Federation of Malaysia.

And equally important, Tun Arifin had clearly

stated the correct history that Malaya gained

independence on 31 August 1957 and that

Malaysia was only formed in 1963 with special

safeguards for Sabah and Sarawak in their

constitutional arrangement.

Not only has the terms and conditions of the

formation of Malaysia as contained in the

Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the various

documents and verbal assurances and promises

not been complied with, there were numerous

constitutional amendments which eroded the

special rights and position of Sabah and Sarawak.

They were highlighted in the book 'The

Constitutional Rights of Sabah and Sarawak' that

was launched by the Chief Justice recently.

The common stand and voice of the Borneo

States should be in no uncertain terms. The

Malaysia Agreement must be fulfilled or all the 3

nation-states must be allowed to go separate

ways as it is the wish and desire of a slight

majority of Sabahans and Sarawakians.

Any other stand will give the Malayan federal

leaders the wrong assumption and presumption

that Sabah and Sarawak are not serious in their

demands for the terms of the formation of

Malaysia to be complied with.

They will continue

to remain comfortable in their high offices in

Putrajaya and do not care for Sabahans and

Sarawakians until it is time for elections.

For instance, PM Najib had promised the BN

partners in Sarawak that there would be a

Cabinet re-shuffle after the Umno general

assembly in early December 2013 to

accommodate MPs from Sarawak whose parties

were dissatisfied with the distribution of

ministerial posts after the May general elections.

Despite Sabah and Sarawak holding kingmaker

positions, Najib has failed to undertake the

Cabinet re-shuffle since then.

Perhaps the Sarawak BN parties with the support

of TYT Taib in the background should just leave

BN and see what happens next since the PM has

seen no urgency to consider the interests of the

BN parties there.

If so, it won’t be surprising that the PM, DPM

and top guns in Umno including ex-PMs making

a beeline for Kuching to persuade the Sarawak

BN components and the Governor from ditching


The continuation of the down-grading of Sabah

and Sarawak as the 12th and 13th States in

Malaysia contrary to what was intended in 1963

as equal partners can no longer be accepted.

The continuation of the rape and pillage of

Sabah and Sarawak’s oil wealth and revenues

and marginalization in development allocations

can no longer be condoned.

Even in times of need, the people of Sabah and

Sarawak are treated shabbily and not equals to

other Malaysians in the Peninsula as can be seen

in the recent federal flood aid. In the Peninsula,

aid in cash and in kind was poured from various

ministries and other quarters while in Sabah and

Sarawak they received virtually nothing from the

federal government.

After 50 years of marginalization and

victimization, the Malaysia Agreement and all its

promises and assurances need to be

implemented and fulfilled. There was to be a

review after 10 years, yet 40 years later, nothing

appears to be on the horizon. Even a motion to

discuss the matter in Parliament was rejected as

not urgent.

If after 50 years, it is not urgent, do not expect

Sabahans and Sarawakians to wait another 50

years for it to be urgent.

The rumblings of discontentment amongst the

people in Sabah and Sarawak are at its highest

point with a slight majority wanting Sabah and

Sarawak to opt out of Malaysia.

Their sentiments

are further fanned and fuelled by Malay ultras

and religious bigots who keep insisting that

Malaysia is land of the Malays and that the other

Malaysians are to be chased out.

Yet, the PM and the federal government has

taken no action to stop such seditious and

treasonous acts or to correct the Malayan

misconception that Malaya is Malaysia when it is

clear as daylight that without Sabah and

Sarawak, the key partners, there is no Malaysia.

If Najib is serious with his national reconciliation

plan, it must include the review and

implementation of the terms and conditions of

the formation of Malaysia. Otherwise, like

Singapore in 1965, there should be an amicable

parting of separate ways for the Borneo States.

Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan


STAR Sabah

02 March 2014ty

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