PBS to Dr Jeffrey: Stop stirring up sentiments

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KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) urged Star Sabah chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan to stop stirring up sentiments just to gain political mileage.

PBS President Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili was referring to Dr Jeffrey’s recent call for a new agreement to be drafted to replace the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Dr Maximus reminds Dr Jeffrey (inset) to refrain from stirring up sentiments to gain political mileage. Borneo Gazette Composite Pic

Dr Maximus said in order for Dr Jeffrey’s suggestion to be realised, so many things that are beyond the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) itself needs to be considered.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) explained that before abandoning MA63 altogether, “one needs to know its defects, find out the wrongful parties, and implications for taking action against the signatories of the agreement.”

“We need to thoroughly study the weaknesses of MA63. If there are defects, we need to find out what and who did wrong. This is a delicate matter which needs better understanding. We must be very careful in reading these situations.

“So do not talk about drafting a new agreement when you have not even done the necessary studies. Don’t stir up sentiments just for politics,” said Dr Maximus.

He said such call by Dr Jeffrey who is a Deputy Chief Minister in the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) State Government should not have arised at this time, adding: “It is like marriage.”

“You must first find out what is wrong with your spouse, what he or she did wrong, and if you have all the evidence, then you can file for divorce.

“It is the same in this situation. Find out the wrongs in MA63, and if the government fails to address any shortcomings, then maybe we can abandon the old agreement and draft a new one.”

But, Dr Maximus said it was also important to know the implications should the MA63 is abandoned.

Furthermore, the present government was doing something that had never been done before that is addressing the shortcomings, he said.

“We are already managing these defects, correcting matters which have been identified by the working committees under the Special Council on MA63 (MKMA63), and the people of Sabah and Sarawak.

“We must understand that the MA63 is part of the Malaysia Act which was tabled in the Parliament, as well as the Sabah and Sarawak state legislative assemblies.

“If we want to establish a new agreement, it needs to be tabled in Parliament and both assemblies for approval. It is a long process.”

Dr Maximus stressed that rather than making unnecessary suggestions, Dr Jeffrey should concentrate on the on-going efforts to address shortcomings in the existing agreement.

He said if the efforts failed then let the people be the judge.

“Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is very accommodating, and has been very open, providing us enormous space to work on, especially in addressing the MA63 issues.

“Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor is also very sincere in spearheading to restore our rights.

“Dr Jeffrey should give opportunities for these initiatives to succeed rather than abandoning the efforts in search of an indefinite, uncertain, and lost world,” said Dr Maximus

Star Sabah is a member party of the Perikatan Nasional (PN), which is a component of GRS together with Barisan Nasional and PBS.-BORNEOGAZETTE

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