KOTA KINABALU: Efforts to unite political parties in the state to champion the rights of Sabah as enshrined in the Constitution is not too late.
The opportunities must be used wisely by party leaders to sit together and discuss the promises and guarantees given to Sabah during the formation of Malaysia 1963 especially regarding on the 20 Points agreement.
Through many discussions regarding on Malaysia formation in 1963, the public has heard and receive a better picture on the topic.
According to Star Sabah Chief, Datuk Seri Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, during his era, a race by the political parties in Sabah had been made, but unfortunately the discussion met a dead end.
“The public asked why political parties in the past did not unite… truthfully it did happen even though I was not a politician at the time, I personally met Tun Mustapha and other political figures to discuss about this matter.
“From the beginning we want to sit together and discuss on how we can unite, but unfortunately there was no success after 20 years; and I want to congratulate the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Anifah Aman, who has made the first step today.
“We need to sit together and share our opinion,” Jeffrey said during the Malaysia Formation 1963 Agreement Forum, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Second Lecture Hall Complex, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), here today.
Meanwhile, Politic and Economy Analyst, Zainal Ajammain, said all parties need to reflect and respect the Malaysia Agreement 1963, and to relate it with the development in Malaysia.
“What we need to understand about the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Memorandum 1962, is that its information need to be open for the people of Sabah so that they will understand the background of Malaysia Formation 1963 and 20 Points Agreement.
“It is where we were formed (Malaysia) and set our identity in Malaysia as explained by the decision to form Malaysia as recorded and officially announced to the world by United Nations (UN),” he said.
Other panels invited to the forum are former Chief Minister who is also the SAPP President, Datuk Yong Teck Lee, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, Politic and Economy Analyst, Zainal Ajammain, Secretary of Department of Maritime Affairs, Dr. Azfar Mohammad Mustafar, and UMS SASSREC Director, Dr. Zaini Osman.
Anifah, as the moderator for the forum stressed that everyone have their own opinion regarding on the formation of Malaysia.
He added that Malaysia Formation is in accordance with the resolution of UN General Assembly 1541 (15) Principle 9, where it recognizes Malaysia as a new sovereign country in Southeast Asia. – SayangSabah