KOTA KINABALU, September 3, 2016: Sabahans should put their heads together
regardless of political alliance and stand together when facing problems
which degrade Sabah.
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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
"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
The Technical Committee of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on
Illegal Immigrants in Sabah is chaired by PBS President Tan Sri Joseph
"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