His statement reflects his old Ketuanan Melayu mentality and attitude towards the East Malaysian states, says STAR chief.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah State Reform Party (STAR) leader Jeffrey Kitingan’s advice to Anwar Ibrahim is this: Go read your history on the formation of Malaysia and the agreements made.
The maverick politician said that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition leader’s statement on autonomy for Sabah was misplaced and incorrect.
“It also shows that he doesn’t know what he was talking about or deliberately ignores the agreement, the promises and the assurances made by the Founding Fathers of Malaysia,” said Jeffrey in response to Anwar’s statement on Sabah autonomy.
He contended that the issue of autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak is “not a matter of federal policy as indicated by Anwar but a special condition agreed at the time of the formation of Malaysia and is spelt out in the 20-Points, the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report as well as under Article 8 of the Malaysia Agreement”.
“What Anwar said is totally wrong with regard to Sabah and Sarawak and reflects his old Ketuanan Melayu mentality and attitude towards the East Malaysian States,’ he said.
Anwar only interested in Putrajaya
Jeffrey said the federal government and Malayan political parties cannot decide or determine autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak as this was a condition for the formation of Malaysia.
Autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak, he said, had already been determined and decided by the Malaysia Agreement, the 20-Points and the IGC Report.
“What is required is compliance and implementation. What we in Sabah want to hear from Anwar is whether under his government, he is willing to sit down and review the Malaysia Agreement and to comply with the promises and assurances agreed to prior to Sept 16, 1963, including a new constitution of Malaysia?
“If not, then Anwar is not interested in reform but only in Putrajaya,” said Jeffrey.
Reform for Sabah, including good governance, could only be beneficial for Sabah under Sabah’s own leadership who would not repeat the mistakes of the past including being fooled by Malayan political propaganda, he added.