Friday, 12 September 2014

‘Talk to Sabahans and Sarawakians’

KOTA KINABALU: The best way to stop talk on social media about secession is for the Federal Government to discuss and hear out the grouses of the people in Sabah and Sarawak, said state Opposition parties.

They also said they were against any such calls for secession.

Opposition State Reform Party (STAR) Sabah chapter chairman Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said the best way to stop all the chatter on social media was for the Federal Government to talk and listen to the people.

“It is a good step for the Government to listen to the unhappiness among the people in the two states because it will help towards resolving their problems,” he pointed out.

State Opposition leader Datuk Lajim Ukin said Pakatan Rakyat had made the unanimous decision to be against secession as there was still a lot of room for discussion on the needs of Sabahans within the federation.

“Our decision is that we stay in Malaysia as there is still a lot of room for us to discuss state rights and needs under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement and 20-point safeguards,” Lajim told reporters here yesterday.

However, Lajim, who is also the Sabah Pakatan chief, urged the Federal Government to look into the resolutions of various political parties in the state seeking greater autonomy.

There was still a lot more to be done to meet the expectations of the people, he said.

Lajim said he believed that the people starting secession pages on social media like Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia, which is currently under police probe, were just venting their frustration online.

“It’s not a case of people seriously wanting to leave Malaysia. After 51 years, the people today are educated and know their rights.

“The Federal Government must listen to their expectations,” he said.

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