KOTA KINABALU – The Batu Sumpah (Oath Stone) will be placed in front of the Land and Survey Department office so it can be seen from the roadside.
The stone which was erected in1964 and is of great significance to the people in the interior is presently sited at the District Office.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup in announcing this today said the stone’s new “home” is appropriate as it will be easily viewed by the public.
Kurup also added that the three important words’ “Kerajaan Malaysia Jamin” reported missing will be restored back on to the stone.
“It (the three words) is a crucial part of the stone and we must secure its historical facts,” he said during the press conference held at the Sabah State Museum.
He expressed his hope that the oath stone will be declared as a World heritage Site in future as it symbolises the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963.
Kurup believed that the missing words is due to negligence and he disclosed that all means possible had been carried out to find out the culprit.
“I don’t know who is responsible for this and no one can tell me who did it or how the words were omitted,” he stated.
The imprint on the stone is written in the old Malay spelling system. On it are three conditions, namely; freedom of religion in Sabah; Sabah government to have authority on land issues; and native customs and traditions be respected and upheld by the government. – SayangSabah