By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
LAHAD DATU: Lim Kit Siang, Malaysia’s Opposition leader, has called for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Cobbold Commission report.
He further suggested that Simon Sipaun from Sabah and Robert Jacob Ridu of Sarawak jointly head the proposed commission to inquire whether the dreams and hopes of the people of the two Borneo States in the formation of Malaysia in the past half a century had been realised.
“Commission of Inquiry could also inquire as to the reasons for their present discontentment and unhappiness in Malaysia,” the DAP stalwart said at the DAP Malaysia Day celebrations at a hotel here on Sunday.
Kit Siang said before the 13th General Elections he had first made the suggestion for an RCI into the MA63 and Cobbold Report but was shocked that his proposal did not receive any support from the Sabah and Sarawak ministers, deputy ministers and Members of Parliament.
“If my call for a RCI for Sabah and Sarawak had been heeded and acted upon six or seven years ago, we would be in a better position today to deal with the grievances of the people in the Malaysian part of Borneo island.
“In a way, the past 54 years were lost and wasted years in ensuring justice, freedom, diversity, good governance and democracy,” he said in a speech, adding that had it not been for rampant corruption and abuses of power, there would have been enough funds for more development in Sabah and Sarawak.
The Gelang Patah Member of Parliament also took a swipe at the Prime Minister saying that he and his deputy made a fleeting appearance at the Malaysia Day celebrations in Kota Kinabalu before leaving for Kuala Lumpur.
“I do not think the Najib is doing justice to Malaysia Day, Sabah and Sarawak, especially at a time of the highest discontentment by Sabahans and Sarawakians about the unjust and inequitable treatment by the Federal Government Since 1963,” he pointed out.
“Najib could spend the past week in the United States and United Kingdom but he could only spend a few hours in Kota Kinabalu for the formal Malaysia Day celebrations. He could not spend even 24 kours in Sabah.
Kit Siang also said that UMNO-BN was running scared of DAP’s growing influence among the Muslim bumiputera electorate in Sabah, as they had been spreading lies that the DAP was anti Muslim and anti Islam.
He said he was told by Johan Nul, the DAP co-ordinator for Lahad Datu, that UMNO operatives were scaring off Muslim bumiputera voters that if the Malay-based party loses power, then the Malays and Muslim bumiputera would perish as the DAP and Chinese will grab the political power.
“These are UMNO lies, fake news and false information, as we in the DAP are neither anti Malay nor anti Islam. We have Malay and Muslim MPs, State Assembly representatives, leaders, members and branches as DAP represents all races and religions,” he added.
He expressed shock by the disclosure of Johan that there was either a shortage of medicine, or none at all, at the Lahad Datu hospital since March this year.