Opposition lawmaker calls for Sarawak-Sabah unity to press for Malaysia rights
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KUCHING, Nov 30 — PKR's Batu Lintang state lawmaker See Chee How today urged Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg to initiate a Sarawak-Sabah Rights Conference to put a united front in the pursuit of a common rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
He suggested that the conference should be attended by the 56 federal lawmakers, including those from the opposition, from the two Borneo states before the 14th general election (GE14).
He said it should also be attended by potential election candidates from the Barisan Nasional and opposition parties, to prepare them in their role as parliamentarians speaking on the rights of the two states.
"Therefore, I urge Abang Johari to readily and swiftly call for such a conference to deliberate our common rights in a united force before the general election," he told reporters.
See, who is also state PKR vice chairman, said there are crucial bedrock in the voluminous of documents relating to the formation of Malaysia that need to be re-examined and revisited on the rights of the two Borneo states under MA63.
He believed that one of the most crucial roles of the Dewan Rakyat, in the next five years, is to debate on the autonomous rights of Sarawak and Sabah enshrined in MA63 and all other documents and agreements.
On the publication of the controversial Berpisah Tiada (Inseparable) by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, See said it is a calculated move by Umno-led federal Barisan Nasional government to thwart and frustrate the united effort of the two Borneo states to seek their common rights and destiny.
"The publication should be taken seriously," he said, stating that it contains arguments and views of the Speaker that MA63 is not an important document in the formation of Malaysia.
See expressed fears that Pandikar Amin would reject any motion relating to the rights of Sarawak and Sabah from being tabled in Parliament.
See said it is important for Pandikar Amin to attend the Sarawak-Sabah Rights Conference so he will have full knowledge and an understanding of the intent and purposes of all the documents and agreements that have led to the formation of Malaysia.