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KUCHING, Sept 18: Treat Sarawak and Sabah with fairness, justice, and equity in all Federal dealings because if not, both States will naturally feel neglected and sidelined, which is not good for national unity, opines political pundit Dato Peter Minos.
In a statement, Minos said that the people fully support Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg’s statement that Malaya must be fair to Sarawak.
“Malaya and the federal government must give more funds for development to Sarawak and Sabah, PETRONAS (Petroliam Nasional Berhad) share more of its profits, all rights and powers under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) be returned expeditiously, and there must be balance in the federal civil service, police, armed forces, and all agencies,” he stated.
He said all Malaysians sincerely yearn for unity and harmony between the races, and unity between Malaya, Sarawak, and Sabah, as highlighted by Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the Premier.
“After 60 years of Malaysia, high time we really must be serious on national unity,” he added.
“Unity is the basic foundation upon which both peace and economic progress are anchored. Without unity all things fall apart. Without unity a nation can fall and see its demise.”
However, Minos noted that forces of disunity and division exist in the nation, especially in Malaya over politics, racial, religious issues, and many other matters, and appear endless, much to the regret and worry of all Malaysians.
“What can be done? Or can anything be done? Every problem has a solution, as the saying goes.”
For the benefit of Malaysia, Minos continued, it would be best if the peninsula’s top political figures, representing all political viewpoints, could sit down and talk, compromise, and work toward unity.
“This assumes that all truly love the country and not only fight for party and personal interests. The big problem now is that many go for the latter and give little thought of Malaysia.
“It is never too late. The top leaders in Kuala Lumpur can unite Malaysians, who really yearn for national unity, especially now when Malaysia is facing many economic problems like the rising high cost of living.
“All that is needed is a change in attitude. It must be ‘Malaysia First’, all else secondary,” he added. — DayakDaily