Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Jeffrey Appointed Veep for Sarawak & Sabah

Datuk Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan has been appointed vice-president in charge of Sabah and Sarawak with responsibility for drawing up a master plan to develop the two states, and to prepare for the next general election.

Thamrin Jaini remains as Sabah liaison chairman with Christina Liew as deputy. Kong Hong Ming, John Ghani and Awang Tengah Awang Amin have been named as vice-chairmen.

Anwar said the changes were made in the spirit of inclusivity and in consultation with the leadership of the Sabah divisions.

"I recognise the unique circumstances under which Sabah and Sarawak joined the federation. As a nation it is regrettable that we have at times failed to live up to the spirit and ideals of the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 which outlined the rights of Sabah and Sarawak," Anwar told Malaysiakini.

"It is one of (PKR's) key objectives to restore the dignity and position of Sabah and Sarawak and uplift from poverty its diverse peoples. I therefore urge all parties to turn the page on divisiveness, pettiness and work together with a renewed commitment to unity and justice."

Correction Datuk Seri, we never joined the federation. Historically Sarawak,Sabah and Singapore, together with the Federated States of Malaya formed a new nation called Malaysia on 16 September 1963.

Nevertheless, we warmly welcome Anwar’s acknowledgement of the federal government’s shortcomings in recognizing the rights of Sarawak and Sabah, and hope one day very soon, our two states may be accorded due recognition and the dignity we rightfully deserve.



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