Prime Minister’s answer a standard one

Kho Teck Wan

SUPP Woman Chief, Kho Teck Wan believed that the Prime Minister’s, Tun Dr. Mahathir answer in the Parliament that action will only be taken under the Sedition Act Against those who call for Sarawak’s secession from Malaysia is just a standard answer.

Kho said Tun M had said action will be taken if they jeopardised public order and security. ” I don’t think it is a threat, in fact I think that is the standard reply to inform the parliament and rakyat about the series of laws that are applicable when incident that jeopardized public order occurred. Sarawak government and Sarawakian are very clear on our demands of autonomies, share of resources, as well as monetary compensations. We are doing it through the MA63 steering committee in peaceful negotiation. Certain quarters in Sarawak are asking for referendum should the negotiation failed, which in my opinion is also a very democratic way of seeking the public opinion without jeopardizing public order. Sarawakian as a peace loving people has grown mature over the years and our smart law makers and citizens will figure a way to fight for what is rightfully ours,” she said.

She added that Tun M’s reply to the parliament indicated that there is no provision under the Federal Constitution, MA64, or the IGC Report that touched on any rights by Sabah and Sarawak to secede from Malaysia. Likewise, in my humble opinion the Federal Constitution, MA63 and IGC Report do not have any clause that prevented Sabah and Sarawak to secede from Malaysia either. My opinion echo Tun M’s speech in New York last September when he told Malaysians residing in USA that there is no provision in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) that Sabah and Sarawak cannot ask for independence.

Kho Teck Wan

Kho Teck Wan