KOTA KINABALU: Penampang Member of Parliament Darell Leiking refuted the contention by Teo Chee Kang, the Minister of Special Tasks Teo Chee Kang that there was no need for the Sabah State Assembly to pass a motion when activating Article 8.
Article 8 states that Sabah and Sarawak can take their own measures to enforce and implement MA63 without having to amend the Federal Constitution.
“Let us take the Sarawak government as an example. The Sarawakians clearly anticipated that without getting the full legislative backing, all will come to nothing and the same will be repeated over and over by successive governments in Sarawak,” Leiking said in a statement.
He pointed out that Sabah was unable to assert itself as a signatory to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 if it opted to take the Executive approach with the hope that Sabahans will continue to support Barisan Nasional, instead of getting a Legislative mandate to activate Article 8 of the MA63.
“I can deduce that Teo is trying to put everything within the context of Executive power, particularly in reference to our State’s special rights and privileges, with the hope that Sabahans will continue to support BN,” he added.
“But I opine this is the very reason why Sabah is unable to assert itself as a signatory to the Malaysia Agreement 1963,” he said.
Leiking reminded Teo that the Sarawak State Assembly on 8 December 2015 had passed and approved a motion moved by James Masing to mandate the Sarawak Government to take all necessary measures under Article 8 of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 for the complete implementation of all recommendations in the IGC Report and the safeguards of the special interests of the state and its people.
“Sarawak took the initiative to legitimise the activation of Article 8 of the MA63 by passing the same in the State Assembly thereby making it not only an executive mandate but one which is collectively passed by the august house,” he said in a statement which was published in Borneo Today.
“Thus I believe that Sabah, for a start, should do likewise by asserting itself as an equal partner that formed the Federation of Malaysia. And that is by passing a motion that would bind the Legislature and its successors so that the UMNO National leaders will finally understand what has been ignored all these years and what Sabahans really want,” he said.
Abang Johari Openg, the Sarawak Chief Minister, had stated recently that Petronas needed the approval of the State’s mining licenses to operate in Sarawak.
“With what the Sarawakians are doing and have done to date, will Teo also say that the Sarawak BN-led State Government does not understand how a Federation works?”
Leiking said, for Teo to argue that State Assembly cannot simply pass law to give effect to something that requires both hands to clap is erroneous too. — Sarawakvoice