KOTA KINABALU: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s assurance to recognise Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners has given the people fresh hope for the future where everyone is equal under the Malaysian sun.
“It’s most welcoming and refreshing news for all of us in Sabah and Sarawak to hear the good news from the Prime Minister,” said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
In his Malaysia Day commemoration speech at Padang Merdeka here last night, Mahathir said that the status of Sabah and Sarawak, which changed from equal partners (with Malaya) to states within the federation (of Malaysia), will be restored once a study on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is completed.
“Restoring the status of Sabah and Sarawak as per MA63 gives a solid foundation to strengthen ties between the three regions (Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak),” he said.
However, Liew said there are lots of works which needed to be done on the restoration of the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners in the federation of Malaysia.
“It will take a bit of time and we must have patience for greater things to happen for us all.”
“I can assure all of you that works have started earnestly since I am entrusted on the task over a month ago and let’s unite in our efforts and prayers in the matter,” he said.
The critics will no doubt raise many issues in the hope to distract our efforts, said Liew.
“As we all know, we won’t go very far if we continue bickering about it as this will weaken us and derail us from achieving our goals,” he added.-SabahNewsToday