‘Shameful And Baffling For PBS To Work With Sarawak, And Not Sabah’

Darell Leiking says PBS move is baffling and shameful.
Darell Leiking says PBS move is baffling and shameful.

PENAMPANG – For PBS, the second largest Barisan Nasional component in Sabah, to have chosen the path of latching on to a Sarawak party to support its submission of a motion in Parliament to revert to pre-1967 Constitution (on the federation) is baffling and smacks of shame for all Sabahans.

Penampang lawmaker, Darell Leiking said PBS, for all intents and purposes, could have demanded their Sabah political partner, UMNO, as well as the other BN parties to submit their own motion at an emergency Sabah State Assembly sitting.

“If one is convened this coming week and where the Sabah government backs it, such a motion can then push their (BN) backbenchers in Parliament to submit or table the same,” said Leiking in a statement Friday.

“Or is it that UMNO and the other national based BN parties will not allow for such motion in Sabah.”

Leiking, who is also Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president, was referring to PBS deputy president, Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili’s statement stating they prefer to co-join with the Sarawak government’s impending motion to seek to reinstate the Borneo State to its pre 13th July 1976 position.


He is the failure by the current State government, and waiting for Sarawak to table it first, would only affirm the long assumption that UMNO will never allow Sabah to table such motion to reinstate the Status of Sabah as per the MA63.

Leiking said in his parliamentary debate he had challenged the Federal Government (who had themselves submitted the motion to downgrade Sabah in 1976) to table a motion to reinstate the status of the Borneo States of Sabah and Sarawak as an equal partner of the Federation as espoused in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

He said he is now wondering if the national parties like UMNO, MCA and Gerakan who have elected Assemblymen and/or Parliamentarians from Sabah, agree to what is being current hotly debated in Sabah.

Leiking also asked if the Federal Government really believes and concurs with the current sentiments in Borneo that it (Federal Government led by UMNO) had through its 13th July 1976 motion in Parliament had dishonoured the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

“And if it does concur (Federal Government) with these views, will UMNO, who also leads the Sabah State Government, table a Government motion to demand for the compliance of MA63 (vis Article 8 of MA1963) and also the motion to reinstate the status of Sabah into its pre 13th July 1976 position,” he added.