Rights under MA63 will be restored, reassures Najib
Published on: Saturday, March 03, 2018
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Kota Kinabalu: NAJIB reassured that as the Prime Minister in office, he will see to it that Sabah's rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) are restored."As the Prime Minister, I want to restore the rights of Sabahans," he said during a gathering with Sabah ethnic and art groups, Friday night.

"No need to look at others. Just look at me. I can restore these rights," he added.

In December last year, Najib had said that the Federal Government was willing to hold talks with Sabah and restore any of its rights under the MA63 which might have been lost. He again drew comparison between himself and former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad, who is now in the opposition, in terms of empowering Sabah so that the State could reach greater heights in development.

"If Sabah lacks allocations, I can come regularly to top up so long as our economy is strong and our national revenue keeps increasing. Certainly, I will fulfil my commitment to ensure that Sabah will enjoy a balanced development," he said.

He noted that among the funds he had given to Sabah under the 2018 Budget were the RM1 billion to improve dilapidated schools, perimeter survey of native customary lands and for the building of native courts.

"I've consistently done what the Prime Minister for 22 years never did," he said, referring to Mahathir.

He warned communities in Sabah against individuals who are out to disunite them, especially during the coming general election. He said the individuals are only out to claim power and positions without having a bigger agenda on how to transform Sabah and Malaysia better than what they are today.

"They are consistently inconsistent. They always make U-turns and there's no guarantee that they won't do it again next time. They want us to hate one another so they can claim power," added Najib.

He said as Prime Minister, it has been his personal aspiration to see a kinder, moderate and equitable Malaysia.

He later announced RM10,000 each to 67 ethnic and art groups that attended the event as a token of appreciation to their loyalty, commitment and support.

Earlier, Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman slammed the opposition for playing with the issue of race, ethnicity and religion to win the support from the people.

"They have been playing with race sentiment including religion, ethnicity in their political speeches.

This is an irresponsible act. They have no other issue to attack the government, so they play with these sentiments," he said.

He added that their action is a threat to peace and stability which the different ethnic communities and faith groups have enjoyed for a long time.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister cum Huguan Siou (Paramount Leader) Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan and other State Cabinet Ministers. - Leonard Alaza


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