Walk the talk on Sabah rights, Jeffrey tells Warisan
Published on: Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku President Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said the new Federal Government under Pakatan Harapan should immediately implement Sabah and Sarawak rights in the Federal Constitution instead of establishing another committee to review the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) which can be done later.Dr Jeffrey who is Keningau MP and Tambunan Assemblyman said this in response to Minister Datuk VK Liew's announcement that a committee would be formed to identify the best method to ensure Sabah and Sarawak's rights under MA63 can continue to be pursued.

He said the Federal Law Minister should stop playing politics by promising to set up a Federal Committee to re-evaluate MA63.

He said before the 14th General Election, Warisan urged the previous BN government not to be bothered with setting up committees on Sabah rights but go straight into implementing them. 

"If so, why need a committee now and why a new committee?  And what happened to the old Cabinet committee? 

"Is it to further delay implementing Sabah Rights?" asked Dr Jeffrey. "Now, I am reminding Warisan to walk the talk.  You are the government now, just implement."

He said the Law Minister should go straight into Article 8 of MA63, the IGC Report and the Federal Constitution, particularly Articles 112C read with Parts IV and V of the 10th Schedule, which provides that 40 per cent of the net revenue derived from Sabah should be returned to Sabah as well as the import and excise duties on petroleum products, export duties on timber and export duties on oil and gas exported from Sabah in lieu of royalties up to an aggregate 10percent ad valorem value. 

And also to implement Article 112D which provides for a mandatory review of the 40 percent net revenue entitlement which was never held since 1973.

And if the Minister is unable to fully understand them, many Sabahans would be more than willing to help him understand and implement the constitutional provisions for the good of Sabah and Sabahans.

"Liew should also ensure that his Warisan-led Sabah government implement their Sabah for Sabahans manifesto."

He said the first and foremost thing any patriotic "Sabah for Sabahans" government will do for the benefit of Sabah and Sabahans would be to ask for Sabah's oil and gas ownership rights to be returned to Sabah.

"Liew and his Pakatan Harapan should be reminded that in the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto, it was promised that Sabah and Sarawak rights would be implemented within 100 days of forming the Federal government. 

"He does not have much time as 61 days have lapsed and there is only another 39 days to implement and return Sabah and Sarawak Rights as promised." he said.

Dr Jeffrey said if Liew still wants to establish a committee to re-evaluate MA63 he should ensure the terms of reference of the committee are made public and all stakeholders included in the committee including signatories to MA63 and representatives from the opposition in Sabah and Sarawak.

Dr Jeffrey said the stipulated time frame for the review and which must be within a short time frame and review should include assessing the validity of MA63 particularly arising from its initial inception, the legal status after the departure of Singapore in 1963 as well as the continued breach and abandonment of the agreed basis of the formation of the Federation of Malaysia since 1963;

"The restitution for Sabah and Sarawak arising from the non-compliance with their oil and gas and other revenues being siphoned off and misappropriated to develop Malaya and leaving Sabah and Sarawak backward, undeveloped and the two poorest States in Malaysia," he said.

"While we question Liew and his government's motives for establishing another committee, any move towards realizing Sabah Rights and resolving outstanding issues related to Sabah's aspirations is most welcome," he said.


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