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Gabungan: We'll demand justice in world court
Published on: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Beaufort: Gabungan Sabah (GS) said should it form the government after the 14th General Election (GE14) it will only cooperate with the Federal Government where the State's rights are concerned.GS Deputy Chairman 1, Datuk Lajim Ukin, said if the rights of Sabah in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) were not realised, they would rather be an opposition government.

He admitted that it would not be easy to become an opposition state as all allocations would be blocked if it didn't have good relationship with the Federal Government.

"To ensure Sabah is not marginalised, we will bring the MA63 issue to London (United Kingdom) where the agreement was executed before demanding justice in the world court.

"In the past they could limit the allocation to the state administered by the opposition, but now it is no longer the case as Sabahans already know their rights under MA63 that the Federal Government has to fulfil.

"This is the condition of GS if the Federal Government wants to have a good relationship with the State Government as Malaysia is formed as a result of Sabah's participation," he said when met at the Pakatan Harapan Rakyat Sabah (PHRS) with the people event in Kg Kabulu here.

Meanwhile, Lajim said Tun Dr Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan (PH) was the main choice of GS to administer the Federal Government as its manifesto on MA63 was more transparent.

However, he said he refused to make an initial pact with PH as was done by another local opposition party in Sabah at this time as they did not want to be bound.

"Our main choice is PH because it has a transparent manifesto especially involving MA63 compared to Barisan Nasional (BN), but we do not want to be 'bound'.

"So far, GS has no collaboration with PH because when joining them, of course, everything, including the number of seats contested, will be determined by them.

"We will be bound from early on and we have to follow their directives when we Sabahans are the ones who shaped Malaysia as stated in MA63," he said.

He said there was no need for anyone to "follow" any decision involving the state interests as Sabahans are the ones who decide and not someone else.

However, Lajim is convinced that if the GS heads Sabah, any political party that forms the Federal Government will try to negotiate because they want to strengthen their position. - Iskandar Dzulkifli


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