KOTA KINABALU: Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) is delighted that Umno and Barisan Nasional promises to implement the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
PCS President Datuk Seri Panglima Anifah Aman says that UMNO had reiterated its promise to return Sabah’s rights enshrined in the document and believes that UMNO and BN will keep it’s word in fulfilling the promise.
“It’s very reassuring to hear the Umno President reiterating the promise during the Umno General Assembly yesterday,” says Anifah.
“PCS and all Sabahans are looking forward to the fulfilment of this promise. The return of Sabah’s rights enshrined in the MA63 should be implemented and I believe President UMNO’s reiteration of this promise shows his sincerity and that he has not forgotten his promise,” he said in a statement.
Anifah, who has been a strong advocate of Sabah’s rights, is commenting on Umno President Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s speech during the party’s assembly on Friday.
Zahid, who had previously assured that Umno would see to it that Sabahans will get back their rights under the MA63, has renewed the party’s vow to make it happen once and for all.
“Let’s not forget our friends in Sabah and Sarawak. We promise that the Malaysia Agreement must be implemented by Umno and Barisan Nasional. And this is our promise to our friends in Sabah and Sarawak. This is to reduce the regional gap among us,” Zahid reportedly said.
Anifah, a former Malaysian Foreign Minister and Kimanis MP, had said previously said that he believed Zahid was a man who would not betray his own word.
“PCS is willing to work with West Malaysian Parties for the benefit of the people of Sabah and the betterment of the State”, Anifah added.
Meanwhile, among the many issues highlighted by Zahid during the party assembly, one hot matter on party-hopping was deliberated at lenght.
On this, Anifah again reiterated PCS’ call for the tabling of an enactment of a recall petition where an elected representative who wants to jump to another party would automatically lose the seat. He or she would also be terminated from the party and position.
PCS first proposed the recall petition during the previous Sabah State Election in 2020.
He said through a recall petition, elected representatives are subject to hiring and firing by the constituents.
“Let’s never forget that the seat belongs to the people, not the individual elected nor his or her political party,” he added.