By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
SANDAKAN: Only a Parti Warisan Sabah-Pakatan Harapan government will ensure that whatever State rights there are under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) would be honoured and implemented once they over the seat of power.
And Warisan Sabah will be a prime player in the Malaysian government and not be a follower, un like Musa Aman, the current caretaker Chief Minister, who is very much under the beck-and-call of Umno.
Shafie Apdal, the Warisan Sabah president said there is no way a Barisan Nasional government would allow MA63 to be implemented, given the way they were toying with the issue, much to the annoyance of Sabahans.
He told a large gathering at the Pakatan Harapan-organised Ceramah Perdana PRU14 at Dewan SM Yu Yuan here Saturday afternoon, he could not understand why the BN, in its manifesto, had said that anything under MA63 would be resolved by consensus.
“Why the need for consensus – a consensus of whom. Who are the signatories of MA63. The BN had the power to implement the MA63 without the need for meetings and committees, but they were not serious at all,” he said.
“But a Warisan government, together with the Pakatan Harapan in Putrajaya would see to it that MA63 is implemented within the shortest time possible when they helm the government”, he added
With Muhyiddin Yassin, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president among the 5,000 odd crowd, Shafie said Musa had performed miserably when it came to MA63, and Sabah got a raw deal despite Musa often saying that he only need whisper (whatever he wanted) to the Prime Minister.
Shafie said Musa is so subservient to Putrajaya that he dares not fight for Sabah rights and is often bullied as evident by the crumbs that are thrown Sabah’s way.
“Musa has failed the people of Sabah despite being in power for more than a decade, and if he is allowed to remain in power, the State will go to ruin,” he said.
“He has many faults but today I’ll just touch on one which affects the people most – what has he done in terms of creating job opportunities for the thousands of Sabahans who leave school every year.”
Shafie said Musa was very good at telling untruths and boasting about his achievements in developing Sabah, but in truth he has achieved nothing and only created pain and much suffering for the people.
“In the 70s and 80s people from Malaya and Sarawak were rushing to Sabah to seek a livelihood here, but today it is the complete reverse. Sabahans are being forced to look elsewhere to earn a living for themselves and their families.
“Hundreds of thousands are now working in the Klang Valley, Johor and Penang and most are working as general labour in industries that depend on raw materials from Sabah.
“Our crude palm oil (CPO) as well as our oil and gas are being processed in Malaya and that’s where Sabahans are being forced to go to in order to get work. If Musa Aman had credible achievements he would have sought investors to venture into downstream processing of our CPO as well as our oil and gas,” he pointed out.
According to Shafie, Musa had a penchant for erecting buildings for him to use as his office, but could not think of how to grapple with the poor economy.
Shafie told the gathering of more than 5,000 people that his Warisan government had a comprehensive blueprint on how to tackle issues related to planned and proper development in Sabah.
He said his government would invest heavily in education as he wanted to see Sabahans gain a good education, and that with the right human capital, Sabah could progress and compete with the rest of the world.
At a recent event in Semporna, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak and Musa had told a lot of untruths to the people there without realising that it would only upset the people, the bulk of whom are Shafie’s staunch supporters.
“As I have said previously, I was one of the few (federal) ministers who dared speak out against the numerous ills of the BN government and for that I was kicked out of the Cabinet. I could have been like the others and just kept quiet to hold on desperately to positions.
“But if I did, if Muhyiddin Yassin (former deputy prime minister) did and held our tongues, Malaysia would today be in a far worse position,” he added, saying they’ve not lost heart but are now using a different platform to rescue the nation.