Making a move to get their rights


KOTA KINABALU: The state government has agreed to propose a motion for all assemblymen to support the amendment to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution in a bid to get back Sabah’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the proposal by Karanaan assemblyman Datuk Masidi Manjun of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia was good and that the state government agreed to it.

Masidi suggested during the state assembly sitting yesterday that the state government put forward an emergency motion to have all the assemblymen pledge their support to the move.He said without the support of all assemblymen, talks to amend the article would just be semantics.

Shafie, however, did not indicate when this motion would be proposed.

Earlier in the question-and-answer session, he said the state government would continue to push for Sabah to get its rights back according to the MA63 although the proposed Bill on the amendment of Article 1(2) of the Constitution was not passed in Parliament recently due to lack of a two-thirds majority.

“Sabah and Sarawak have legitimate rights that differ from Malaya as per MA63 so it is just a matter of getting the implementation going,” Shafie said.

He said the state government was also taking steps to get back what was due to Sabah including 40% of net revenue.

Shafie said there was no denying Sabah’s rights as these were things agreed upon prior to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963.

“In our effort to fight for these rights, we will also give our full cooperation to Sarawak,” he said.

He was responding to various related questions by assemblymen from both the government and opposition including opposition chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (Sabah STAR) of Tambunan, Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai of PBS and Kuala Penyu assemblyman Datuk Limus Jury of Upko.