PBS owes explanation on RCI proposals - SAPP

KOTA KINABALU, September 3, 2016: Sabahans should put their heads together regardless of political alliance and stand together when facing problems which degrade Sabah.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Deputy President Amde Sidik said it is general knowledge that Sabah was a nation before it was demoted to a mere state under Malaysia. "We are cheated and as a consequence, we are treated like a baby instead of a partner. I wonder if this is not a problem?" he said in a statement.

Amde said this realisation had motivated everyone, including those in the Barisan Nasional, to start talking about the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and Sabah's autonomy.

"I think we all should work towards recovering what we were denied and look at the benefit and the costs.

Now even our history is hidden from our school children. Malaysians are confused, what and where is Merdeka?" he said.

He added that Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) is a senior partner in BN with several senior ministers in its ranks.

Sabahans also have high expectation of the party's leaders and it is also seen as the champion in the fight against illegal immigration for many years.

The Technical Committee of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on Illegal Immigrants in Sabah is chaired by PBS President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan.

"When we met two weeks after he was appointed chairman, we were told the report should be ready within three months.

But two years have passed and we are still waiting.

"I think the chairman and PBS should tell the public why the findings could not be made public?

Tell the people what happened so that they can decide whether to support the recommendations or not," he said.

Amde admitted that he is fairly new in politics and thus does not know much about the politics between SAPP and PBS (PBS Deputy President Dr Maximus Ongkili is in Federal Cabinet for more than 15 years) but he is aware that there is a difference between SAPP's two-year government and PBS which has been in the government for almost 20 years.

"Let's stop this idea of scoring political points but come back and look after Sabah and its people because elected leaders have a bigger role than those who are not," he said. - DE