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Pandikar trying to justify perks: PKR
Published on: Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Sabah PKR questioned Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar's view that documents relating to the history of Malaysia's formation such as the 20-Point Memorandum and the Cobbold Commission Report merely contained recommendations (in forming Malaysia) and negotiations following various meetings but they are not legally binding agreements.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sabah Chairman Christina Liew also called on the State Government to state its stand on Pandikar's remarks in regards to the position of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federation.

"It is an undisputed fact that Malaysia was formed by four parties namely Malaya, Singapore, Sabah and Sarawak. There would be no Malaysia today without Sabah and Sarawak involved.

The Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is valid and legally binding.

"Now to have a senior Sabah leader like Pandikar to deny the historical facts and by doing so amounts to twisting the interpretation of the Malaysia Agreement, is a distortion of history," she said, in a statement.

Pandikar at a public forum on the MA63 over the weekend, among others, denied claims that Sabah was downgraded to being a state in Malaysia from being one of three equal partners, along with Sarawak and Malaya, by citing that under Chapter 2 (10) of MA63, Sabah was a former colony federated along with the federated states of Malaya.

Liew who is also Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sabah Chairman said while anyone can claim to be an expert on the Federal Constitution, it is important that the State Government declare its position on what Pandikar had commented.

"Is the State Government especially the Chief Minister in agreement with Pandikar's views on Sabah's position in the Federation of Malaysia?

"The Sarawak State Government had tabled similar issue in their State Legislative Assembly for debate.

Is the Sabah state government going to allow the elected representatives, especially from the opposition side, to table the motion and allow debate on this important issue in the coming Dewan sitting?" she asked.

Liew, who is also Api-Api Assemblywoman, stressed that most of the terms and conditions agreed in the MA63 and later incorporated into the Federal Constitution, were either repealed or unfulfilled to this day.

"One glaring example is the non-fulfilment of the 40 per cent net revenue entitlement due to Sabah under the Federal Constitution.

"It's a shame that a learned senior Sabah leader like Pandikar has no qualms or whatsoever to distort the historical and constitutional facts to deny his very own state and its people their constitutional rights," she said.

She wondered whether Pandikar went all out to try to justify "the Federal government's mistreatment of Sabah all these years, considering the fact that he owes his current position and perks that come with it to the Federal Government".

"Besides, he had also in April this year declared his fervent intention to contest in the 14th general election."

Pandikar heads the United Sabah Bumiputera Organisation (USBO) a NGO that caters for Bajau groups.

He once headed the now defunct Akar and was Umno Kota Marudu Chairman but he relinquished that post when he was appointed Dewan Rakyat Speaker in 2008.

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