KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau has called on all parliamentarians to put aside political divide and affiliations to support the restoration of Sabah and Sarawak status as equal partners in the Malaysian Federation.
He said the Prime Minister has mentioned the restoration of the status could only be done through amendment of Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution and revert the changes made in 1976 that downgraded the status of Sabah and Sarawak as the 12th and 13th state of Malaysia.
However, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said this may take some time since the Pakatan Harapan government does not hold two-third majority in Parliament to revert the constitution and follow the 1963 Malaysia Agreement’s spirit.
“I hereby call on Sabahan and Sarawakians parliamentarians as well as our fellow member of Parliaments from West Malaysia to come together and help restore the wishes of our people for the sake of all Malaysians,” he said.
Tangau who is also MP for Tuaran was commenting on the pledge by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the Pakatan Harapan Federal Government under the new Malaysia would restore Sabah and Sarawak status as equal partners in Malaysia.
“I am most grateful that Tun made the statement and commitment at the all- important and auspicious Hari Malaysia Day celebration in Sabah yesterday. I must commend Tun for his commitment to restore justice and our long lost privileges under MA63.
“We all know that in the course of development and competing priorities, the implementation of MA63 has not exactly been fulfilled as what it laid out to be,” he said.
For far too long, he said many Sabahans and Sarawakians felt that they have been shortchanged.
“We no longer need to feel shortchange because this is the opportunity for us to do what is right! All MPs representing the people of our land, please come together to support the amendment and we can undo what has not been done right.
“We no longer need to self-pity and call anyone a bluff, let us look forward and do what is right and what is best for our people in Sabah and Sarawak.
“We have to do it right this time around so we don’t regret in the future,” said Tangau who is also the acting president of Upko.-SabahNewsToday