Govt Insincere So Gabungan Sabah Backs Out from Rights Hearing

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The original members of Gabungan Sabah – Yong Teck Lee, Wilfed Bumburing, Mohd Noor Mansoor and Jeffrey Kitingan. Lajim’s Pakatan Harapan was not involved when the USA Charter was first signed.

KOTA KINABALU – The United Sabah Alliance, comprising four local opposition parties have declined to attend the hearing session organised by the Sabah Rights Review Committee. This was conveyed in joint letter to State Secretary, Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, Monday.

The coalition calling itself Gabungan Sabah or USA, said it is a grave self-contradiction that the government, on the one hand, had disallowed the motion by elected assemblymen to discuss Sabah rights in the State Legislative Assembly, but now sees fit to invite opposition parties to the hearing session this Thursday.

The letter was signed by USA chairman, Datuk Mohd Noor Mansoor.

The presidents of the four parties – Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan (STAR), Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Bumburing PCS), Datuk Seri Panglima Yong Teck Lee (SAPP) and Datuk Seri Panglima Lajim Ukim (Parti Harapan) also signed.

Lajim Ukin
Lajim Ukin

In the letter, USA and the four local opposition parties extended their thanks for invitation to the hearing session extended by the private secretary to the Minister of Special Tasks.

To show its sincerity, USA and the four parties said, the State Government should make an open promise not to disallow USA assemblymen from tabling motions concerning Sabah rights in the State Legislative Assembly.

“Pending a definite show of sincerity and consistency on the part of the State Government USA will not avail ourselves to attend the hearing session on January 26,” the statement read.

USA and the four opposition parties also said that the State Government should allow motions on Malaysia Agreement 1963 to be tabled by its assemblymen for debate in the State Legislative Assembly.

Additionally, USA and the four opposition parties want the State Government to fulfil its duty to Sabah by fearlessly pursuing the following matters:

Compliance with the letter, intent and spirit of the Malaysia Agreement, including the inter-Governmental Committee Report (IGC), the report of the Cobbold Commission and the 20 Points, including revenue rights ;

Equal status for Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya;

Autonomy for Sabah promised in the formation of Malaysia, and the return of Labuan to Sabah;

Borneonisation of the public service, including a review of the Sabah Government`s opposition and resistance to the suit of ‘Bernard Fung and 1 other vs Federal Government of Malaysia and the State Government’ (Borneonisation case);

The rights of Sabah in immigration matters, including the re-issuance of Sabah ICs for genuine Malaysians in Sabah;

Review of the report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on illegal immigrants and the fate of the RCI technical committee;

In reference to the Territorial Seas Act 2012 raised by the Minister, the loss of 3 million acres of maritime territory known as Block L and M, and whether there should have been an amendment to the Sabah Constitution as the loss of Blocks L and M was, in essence, an alteration of the Sabah Boundaries;

Status of Anak Negeri Sabah and Native Customary Rights (NCR); Sabah`s rights to our own oil and gas;

Abolition of the Cabotage policy; and Resolving the Philippines` claim on Sabah.