Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Jeffrey: Threats don’t intimidate me

Sabah's Bingkor assemblyman says arresting him will only strengthen the struggle.

KOTA KINABALU: Jeffrey Kitingan, an ex-Internal Security Act detainee, has not made any preparations for the threatened crackdown on “secessionists” and will confine himself to praying for a good outcome.

“I will not be cowed by threats of arrest and the fight for freedom will go on even without me,” he swore in a Salam Merdeka Sabah message circulated among WhatsApp groups. He added, “The world is watching.”

Jeffrey warned, “The arrest, if it comes, will be the end of Malaysia.

“The arrests will be good for the struggle. It will get stronger and will eventually lead to the separation of the Borneo states.”

The Star Sabah chairman and Bingkor assemblyman affirmed that the question of secession as alleged by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the top police brass did not arise.

Jeffrey said, “The issue is that Sabahans and Sarawakians now realise that they have been taken for a ride and cheated by Malaya in the name of the Federal Government.

“Malaya has become Malaysia and taken over Sabah as if it’s a colony.

“If raising our rights and voicing our grouses is treasonous and the Federal Government wants to arrest us for secession to shut our voices, so be it.”

Jeffrey said Sabah and Sarawak wanted their rights secured through an agreement and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and 20/18 Points to be respected and complied with.

“Look at our situation today. Sabah the poorest, our population changed, our oil and revenues taken,” lamented Jeffrey. “We merged Sabah and Sarawak with Singapore and Malaya to help solve their problems.”

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