By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
PENAMPANG: Putrajaya, especially Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, has begun to show their true colours in as far as Sabah’s rights and privileges are concerned.
According to Parti Warisan Sabah, it is also becoming clearer as to why the deputy Prime Minister, who is also Barisan Nasional deputy chief, had launched Pandikar Amin’s views vis-a-vis his book on the Federation recently.
Darell Leiking, the Parti Warisan deputy president in a statement said: “We now know that UMNO will never be agreeable in allowing the Malaysia Agreement (MA63) be made enforceable in Sabah.
“Enforcement of MA63 is akin to the enforcement of “regionalism” to them, and this is also the position of BN Sabah and as well as the State Umno.
“Being the state one of the largest Umno membership, the party leaders at Malaya would be dependent on their Sabahan chapter in order for them to secure their party’s position, and for Najib Razak, Zahid and Hishamuddin Hussein to accede to the wishes of Sabahans relating to special rights and privileges will surely be against the concept of ‘ketuanan Melayu’ and will draw flak from their Malay members.
Leiking, who is also Member of Parliament for Penampang taunted BN Sabah component party leaders on the matter, saying that they it is obvious that they cannot fight for the State’s special rights and privileges anymore.
“Zahid had given his warning to you not to play regionalism sentiments at all and it is clear that these components will as always, follow what he had dictated to them,” he said.
“Whether you like it or not, there is no such thing as Sabah-based BN component parties anymore that depict your party as a regional-based party in the mind of Zahid and other Umno leaders.”
Based on what Zahid had stated, pointed out Leiking, the local BN component parties might as well dissolve and join UMNO just to spare the Sabahans from further confusions and hypocrisies.
“After all, it is already obvious that all portfolios in BN are reflected by Umno office bearers and the elected Presidents of the BN components are mere vice Presidents who have to accede to Zahid (who also happens to be an acting UMNO deputy head),” he explained.
“It is now of the utmost importance that Sabah and Sarawak deny BN anymore mandate in the Borneo Island and form a Borneo bloc to enforce its Rights under MA63.
Leiking was venting his fury at Zahid who had warned that severe punishment will be meted against those promoting regionalism at Sabah and Sarawak.
Chastising the deputy premier for the threat, Leiking said it was dangerous and against the spirit and letter of why MA63 was agreed to by the signing parties.
He said he personally as well as others are convinced that Sabah did not agree to form the Federation of Malaysia to only lose her identity by becoming another ‘Federation of Malaya’ state but instead to be equal with all signatories of the MA63 and at the same time, to be assured of her security.
“What Zahid and other Malayan political leaders fail and keep failing to understand is that the so-called ‘regionalism’ that they refer to, is actually the exclusive and inherent special rights and privileges of Sabah and Sarawak, without which MA63 would have never been executed,” he explained it.
Leiking warned the statement by Zahid could fuel further misunderstanding between Malaya and Sabah/Sarawak and this were clearly forewarned by Sir William Goode before the formation of the Federation of Malaysia.
“Sir Goode, the last Colonial Head of State of North Borneo, had forewarned that there should be no ‘taking over by Malaya of the Borneo Territories’.
“While Sabah will always be appreciative towards the contribution made by Malayan teachers, doctors and security personnel, who in some way or another assisted Sabah, it is the arrogant and typical ‘colonial’ statement such as the ones spewed by Zahid that continues to make Sabahans angry and feel cheated by what has transpired through time since 1963.
“We all thought that we are heading towards healing and correcting the errors of the past but instead some are not able to accept the reality of reinstating Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya into what was agreed to,” Leiking added.
He went on to add: “Who is Zahid to remind the Sabahans and Sarawakians about the Federation of Malaysia; history has shown that if it was not for Sabah and Sarawak agreeing to form the Federation, the then UMNO in 1963 would have had a long time ago being swept away by Singapore’s PAP.
“And for Zahid now threatening Sabahans and Sarawakians of severe punishment just because we want to enforce all the special rights and privileges which neither the Malayan States nor the Federal government have – though guaranteed under an international treaty (MA63) – tells us how much disrespect and ignorance he has over the history of the Federation of Malaysia.”
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