Sign Sabahans want MA63 restored, says Guan Eng
Published on: Monday, May 13, 2019
By: Bernama

BUTTERWORTH: The victory of the DAP candidate in the Sandakan parliamentary by-election was a message from the people in the State who want their rights to be returned.

DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng (pic) said although the party was shocked at the large win by its candidate Vivian Wong, it was a sign that the people in the State wanted the positions of Sabah and Sarawak to be restored as in the Federal Constitution on the Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63).

According to Lim, it was a signal and reminder that the people of Sabah and Sarawak wanted to restore their original position with a constitutional amendment so that the status of Sabah and Sarawak could be returned full of dignity for the state and people.

“The Government under the leadership of the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had tried to make an amendment to the constitution but was thwarted by the opposition in Parliament,’’ he said after attending breaking-the-fast and handing over contributions to mosques and surau at the Jamek Mosque Kubang Buaya.

Lim, who is also Finance Minister, said definitely, the people of Sabah and Sarawak wanted their positions to be restored to the original status and rights of Sabah and Sarawak, in accordance with the MA63, by giving victory to the Pakatan Harapan candidate.

“It is a surprising win because we did not expect to win this big despite the drop by 18 per cent in the voters’ turnout but the winning majority could go up by almost eight per cent,’’ he said.

Earlier, in a statement, Lim cited six reasons for DAP’s big win in the by-election.

“Firstly, the confidence and full support of Sandakan voters for Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who had campaigned from house to house for days and spoke at many DAP ceramah (rallies), including a 45 minute-ceramah at the grand finale in heavy rain.

“Many of the Sandakan voters, including Malay and Muslim voters, were touched by his spirit to serve, develop and bring change to make Sabah better, more prosperous and clean for all regardless of race or religion,” he said.

Secondly, said Lim, was the full confidence and support of Dr Mahathir and Shafie as capable coalition leaders to unite, administer and represent all Malaysians geographically and demographically.

“As proven by the results of the Sandakan by-election, the opposition could not compete with the Warisan, DAP and Pakatan Harapan combination in prioritising moderation and uniting Malaysians by representing all races, religions and regions.

“Rejection of race-based politics which causes racial break-up, religious extremism and corruption of the opposition is the best gift in honour of Warisan’s and PH’s first anniversary in power at the State and federal levels,” he said.

The third reason was the support for people-centred development rather than crony capitalism to make the Sandakan economy dynamic again, while the fourth reason was the rejection of corruption and a kleptocratic government (Barisan Nasional government) to be replaced with a good and clean administration, Lim said.

He said the people were tired and bored with corruption and this (Sandakan by-election result) was a complete rejection of corrupt politicians campaigning in Sandakan, like the Kinabatangan MP (Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin) and former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Both have been hauled up for alleged corruption.

Lim said the fifth reason for the DAP’s triumph was the support for the good work done by the incumbent Sandakan MP the late Stephen Wong, the father of Vivian; idealism and integrity of DAP and Vivian’s candidacy symbolising the future as well as women and youth empowerment.

As for the sixth, he cited the DAP election machinery and the mobilisation of leaders and members, who received strong support from Warisan and PH in a campaign filled with energy, speed and voter access that covered the entire parliamentary constituency.


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