Sabah continues to be side-lined!
says the majority of the PSC members are from the Peninsula who would
not understand the true situation in Sabah and Sarawak
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KUALA LUMPUR: Opposition Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) has criticised
the make-up of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for electoral
reforms, saying that Sabah continues to be side-lined.
SAPP deputy president Eric Majimbum said that although Maximus Ongkili,
a Sabahan, is the chairman of the PSC, his position as a cabinet
minister would be jeopardised and he would have to toe the government
"Ongkili (the Science, Technology and Innovation Minister) will
jeopardise (his post) if he voices out his opinions (not in line with
"Therefore, we want another Sabah representative for the PSC who is not
from the Cabinet," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today.
Majimbum, who is also Sepanggar MP, said that SAPP had written to Dewan
Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia asking for another Sabahan
representative but the request was not entertained.
When asked who would fit the bill as a representative from Sabah,
Majimbum said, "We have volunteered our services and it is a genuine
The nine-member PSC held its first meeting this morning. The other four
members from BN are Alexander Nanta Linggi (PBB-Kapit), Mohd Radzi
Sheikh Ahmad (Umno-Kangar), Fong Chan Onn (MCA-Alor Gajah) and P
Kamalanathan (MIC-Hulu Selangor).
The three Pakatan representatives are Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak), Hatta
Ramli (PAS-Kuala Krai) and Anthony Loke (DAP-Rasah). The sole
independent seat in the committee is occupied by Wangsa Maju MP, Wee
'Sabah always sidelined'
Majimbum said that besides Linggi – a Sarawakian – the rest of the MPs
who are from the Peninsula would not truly understand the situation in
Sabah and Sarawak.
SAPP has constantly raised up matters on illegal immigrants who were
allegedly given voting rights in Sabah.
Tawau MP Chua Soon Bui, who was also present, again highlighted
"Project IC" under which many illegal immigrants were awarded Malaysian
She cited a case in her constituency where the electoral roll has not
"I have 666 voters above the age of 90 and the oldest is of 124 . The
Election Committee needs to look into this as the electoral roll needs
to be refreshed," she said.
"Although Sabah has always been a fixed deposit for Barisan National,
the state has also always been sidelined," she said.
Majimbum and Chua said if the government was truly sincere in
implementing electoral reforms, a bipartisan representative from Sabah
needs to be included in the PSC.