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Struggle must not end at autonomy
Published on: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah and Sarawak must pursue the rights and autonomy guaranteed in the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 (MA63).

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sabah newly appointed chairperson, Christina Liew said Malaysia is at the cross roads now and it is imperative both states claim their rights and autonomy as stated in the MA63.

"We must take back our rightful position and we need to think ahead and plan what our next state government should do.

"Our struggle must not end at obtaining autonomy as we need to put in place policies that are fair and just.

"We also need to practice and enforce accountability and transparency when comes to decision-making and the award of development projects to ensure no lop-sided deals that will not benefit the people," she said in a statement.

Liew said it is paramount to include all these terms in the manifesto and set out clear actionable goals even before achieving the objective of regaining the autonomy that Sabah and Sarawak were entitled to.

"Autonomy and beyond. We need justice for people in sharing the nation's economy pie as well as equal employment and education opportunities.

"In fact, we want more than autonomy but with autonomy we want the state government to practice good governance and no more corruption.

"There is also need to enshrine the principles and practice of equality across the board as these principles should prevail in all key areas from economic and infrastructure development, to education and employment," she said.

Otherwise, Liew said they would end up like the Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) government that is going back to square one where their every policy lopsided.

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