Trying To Stay Relevant, What Now Anifah? Equal Status – Myth Or Real

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EX UMNO MEN IN SABAH MAKE THEIR NEXT MOVE. ANIFAH’S EXCUSE FOR LEAVING UMNO WAS BECAUSE IT FAILED TO DELIVER SABAH’S RIGHTS, HE SAID. A PROMISE HE HAD MADE TO HIS CONSTITUENTS EARLIER

COMMENT: Besides guile, they say timing is everything in politics.

Did former foreign minister, Anifah Aman, get it right when he announced he was leaving UMNO after the former MITI minister, Mustapha Mohamad announced first, making him look second best?

Anifah should have left UMNO way back if he was sincere about fighting for Sabah’s rights as he is fond of telling the people here.

You would not want to blame anyone if netizens make cynical comments like when he and his brother, former chief minister, Musa Aman, were in the corridors of power all they did was talk.

Anifah was guilty too for praising former Prime Minister, Najib Razak sky high for his willingness to listen to Sabah’s problems especially the rights pertaining to Malaysia Agreement (MA63).

Despite all the numerous meetings held and all that, nothing was achieved. Zero.

Sabah’s rights remain a pipe dream.

ANIFAH AMAN

Anifah’s excuse for leaving UMNO was because it failed to deliver Sabah’s rights, he said. A promise he had made to his constituents earlier, he added.

There can’t be too many gullible Sabahans believing this excuse, because Anifah was in the thick of things; all hopes were pinned on him actually.

Many people see him leaving UMNO as an attempt to stay relevant and extend his political career and even maybe to preserve the family’s political legacy or what’s left of it.

It is also an established fact that Sabahan politicians have always jumped ship to the side that’s winning. Nothing new here.

Not too many people were taken aback either with what Anifah did, many had expected it actually.

Only the timing was uncertain.

So what’s next for Anifah?

Is he going to form his own local based party as he has the means and the experience to galvanise the people to fight for their rights with him?

This platform has a better chance of success as the people are tired of Malaya-based parties to run the state after so many years of UMNO rule.

Then, if a local news portal is to be believed, Anifah is not going to form his own party, he might be joining a Malaya-based party instead.

Either he will join PPBM, headed by Tun Mahathir or a local party which may align itself to the PH government.

The party in question is Lajim Ukin’s PHRS or PAN led by Henrynus Amin; both were rumoured to have connections to the Aman family during the election.

Lajim Ukin, the man who criticizes Shafie Apdal prior to GE14, now wants to hop onto the Pakatan Harapan bandwagon after his PHRS failed to win a single seat in Sabah.

Lajim? Seriously?

Has this man got any credibility left?

We know he had approached PPBM as he was seen at their 2nd anniversary gathering last week, the word was that he was not entertained. The same with Parti Amanah.

Lajim, if we recall in the last election played the BN game with his party splitting Sabahans; he failed miserably.

He was also said to have convinced STAR president, Jeffrey Kitingan, to go to Seri Gaya (after the GE14 results were known) to form the government with BN, which didn’t work out either.

Maybe it’s time for Lajim to call it quits as he’s been around too long and has little value or real strength to contribute to new Malaysia.

Anifah cannot be seen with such people anymore as it does not serve any purpose.

After years of being foreign minister, he must have learned a thing or two in his travels around the world that can be put to good use.

He has to think hard what he wants to do next.

Many believe he should remain neutral and push for the Sabah agenda all the way.

We all know he is passionate about it since his student days. Joining a political party will definitely constrain him in more ways than one.

Since retirement is not an option, joining a political party would also be seen as trying to revive what’s perceived as the tainted Aman brand by most people, but definitely of little use to Sabah and the fight for her rights if he wants to show he means what he has been saying all along.

For Anifah, it’s time to walk the talk big time.

PUTTING SABAH AND SARAWAK BACK ON EQUAL STATUS WITH MALAYA AS PER MA63 WITH ALL THE 56 BORNEO MPs GIVING THEIR WORD TO SUPPORT THE AMENDMENT PLUS THEIR ALLIES IN PH; THE 148 SEATS REQUIRED FOR THE TWO THIRDS MAJORITY IS AS GOOD AS DONE

Will we ever get it back?

He came here on Malaysia Day and assured the 30,000 people at the Padang Merdeka, his PH government would put Sabah and Sarawak back on equal status with Malaya as per MA63 as soon as possible.

There was one big massive cheer when Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir said this; many believed it was a done deal.

As soon as he got back to Malaya, the sound bite changed somewhat.

Tun Mahathir promised to put Sabah and Sarawak on equal standing as with Malaya, but he claims that in order to do that he will require a two-thirds majority in Parliament.

He said there was no time frame for it as PH government didn’t have a two-thirds majority to amend the constitution.

So, it would take time and it wouldn’t be that straightforward after all.

When Malaysia was formed in 1963, it was based on the equal status of the partners, namely Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore. Singapore left after two years.

Everything was fine, even our Governor was called the Yang Di Pertuan Negara. Then in 1976, everything changed.

Some smart people over in Malaya decided to pass an act in parliament reducing Sabah and Sarawak to the same level as Johore or Penang, thus disrespecting MA63.

Many MPs from the Borneo states had voted for this bill too, showing how ignorant most people were about MA63. Many still are.

Putrajaya under Najib talked a lot about our due rights; promise after promise was made, but nothing happened.

If the two-thirds majority to amend the constitution is the stumbling block, it is easy enough to resolve.

With all the 56 Borneo MPs giving their word to support the amendment plus their allies in PH; the 148 seats required for the two thirds majority is as good as done.

It is achievable and never a doubt.

Now, the Minister in charge of Law, VK Liew, a Sabahan has been given six months to look at all the anomalies in MA63 and present the report to the cabinet when it is ready.

As there were committees that had already looked into this previously, Liew can shorten the time by tapping their expertise as we are talking about sighting the same documents here.

Honestly, the natives are getting restless and impatient and we won’t get fooled again.

It is a matter of compliance. Simple.