Published on: Sunday, October 06, 2013
Tawau: Persatuan Bumiputra Bajau Semporna Sabah suggests the State Government review the Constitution to enable the holder of the Head of State post to be maintained, instead of being abdicated after the specified term ends.
Its President Mansor Santiri said previously the holder of the position could serve as long as capable of serving.
In conjunction with the official birthday of the Head of State on Saturday, Mansor suggested that the 10th Head of State, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin, be maintained when his term ends.
"It would be good if the State Government could review the current constitution so that the original constitution can be implemented. The original constitution was changed by the Parti Bersatu Sabah government during the 1980s due to politically reasons at that time," he said.
"We propose the constitution be reviewed and the original constitution which was once implemented in Sabah since independence be implemented again," he said.
According to him, if the pension system after two terms is still continued, it would mean that the government has to continue paying pension to many former Heads of State.
"For example, if the pension of a Head of State is RM15,000 each month, then the government would have to pay RM150,000 each month for each Head of State and if we have 10 Heads of States the amount would be quite big," he said in a statement.