KOTA KINABALU: Sabah opposition parties have questioned the sincerity of Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto in aiming to resolve the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), and believe it is merely a ploy to fish for votes ahead of the 14th General Election (GE14).
Local opposition leaders also believe that PH and its chairman, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, have no intention if fulfilling their promises if given the opportunity to administer Putrajaya.
Parti Solidarity Tanah Airku (STAR) president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said Dr Mahathir could have restored Sabah’s rights during his 22-year tenure as prime minister.
Instead, Dr Mahathir, throughout his administration, did not want to touch on the 20 points, he added.
“PH or Dr Mahathir have no intention of implementing MA63.
They are only fishing for votes and fooling the people of Sabah. If he (Dr Mahathir) had really wanted to restore Sabah’s rights, he would have already done so when he was the prime minister.
“But he never did,” said Jeffrey.
Jeffrey was commenting on the PH manifesto, which includes a pledge to set up a committee to immediately discuss MA63.
He said Dr Mahathir had condemned his (Jeffrey’s) action in raising the issue of Sabah rights, which led to him being arrested and detained from 1991 to 1993 under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
“He (Dr Mahathir) told me not to teach people what they do not know before I was detained,” said Jeffrey.
Meanwhile, Sabah Progressive Party president Datuk Yong Teck Lee said the people of Sabah want MA63 to be
fully implemented as they were already weary of listening to the many promises made on it.
“The committee is yet another promise by PH. Sabah people are fed up of this. It’s time to just implement the MA63,” he said.