KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Umno Secretary Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun is confident that all Sabah and Sarawak MPs from both side of the political divides will support the motion to restore the two states’ equal status once tabled in Parliament.
Responding to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement that the restoration process might take some time since the Pakatan Harapan government does not have a two-third majority and most likely opposition MPs are not supporting it, Masidi said:
“It would be short of political suicide for any MP from the two states not to support the amendment.
“The best way to find out is to table the necessary constitutional amendment in the Dewan Rakyat, preferably during this coming October sitting.
“Making an assumption that the Opposition won’t support it would only create a suspicion that the government of the day is not serious in getting it done, which is a convenient excuse not to proceed in giving Sabah and Sarawak their rightful place in the Federation,” he said.
Masidi was also confident that MPs from Umno and Pas in Peninsular will support the amendment knowing the political repercussions if they don’t.
He said, Sabah and Sarawak have 56 MPs.
In a tight election, any party from the Peninsular need the support of East Malaysian MPs to form the government of the day.
“Support from Sabah and Sarawak MPs determines who take over the Federal Govt.
“Sabahans and Sarawakians are closely watching the reaction of Peninsular MPs to the proposal to return the rights of the two states as stipulated in the MA63.
“Failure to get it done could result in another political realignment in GE15. This won’t be good for the country,” he said. -SabahNewsToday