KUCHING, Nov 30: The publication of “Berpisah Tiada” by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia is a calculated move by the UMNO-led federal Barisan Nasional (BN), said PKR vice-chairman See Chee How.
“Every East Malaysian is frustrated (about the Malaysia Agreement 1963 issue). However, as the Speaker of the House, his views and opinions must not be taken lightly,” the Batu Lintang state assemblyman told a press conference today.
“Pandikar is a clear reflection of the lackadaisical performance of our BN elected representatives in defending and championing Sarawakian and Sabahan rights in the federal Parliament.
“Their perceptions of our rights under the MA63 are misguided and dictated by UMNO and Putrajaya,” See said.
To ensure that Pandikar has full knowledge and understanding of the intent and purposes of all the documents and agreements that have led to the formation of Malaysia, See urged the state government to organise an “East Malaysian Rights Conference” to put together a united front in the pursuit of common rights under MA63.
“Pandikar should be invited to the conference to ventilate his arguments before all the elected representatives of Sarawak and Sabah and the general public and have an exchange of views and better understanding on the issue.”
See also urged Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to readily and swiftly call for such an East Malaysian effort to deliberate common rights and to march into this coming general election and Parliament in one united force and voice.
At the end of non-partisan conference, See said that all 56 elected representatives from Sarawak and Sabah must be fully committed and resolved to make the championing and restoration of autonomous rights for Sarawak and Sabah their main priority in the next Parliament sitting.
He said the conference should be held before the general election, so for the next five years, one of the most crucial roles of the Malaysian Parliament is to debate on the autonomous rights of Sarawak and Sabah as enshrined in MA63. — DayakDaily