Friday, February 26, 2010

Sabah-Sarawak Consultative Council (SSCC)

Worst Fears Pre-Malaysia by Sarawak/Sabah Leaders Becoming Reality

Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, vice president of PKR, overseeing Sabah and Sarawak, has taken the intiative to set up the SSCC to service the party’s Federal-State National Integration Council (FSNIC).

The FSNIC is the party platform to review the Malaysia Agreement, which Dr Jeffrey laments, is “way off the mark” in implementing conditions for the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

Apart from promoting political and economic cohesion in the Borneo states, SSCC will also make “a thorough study” of historical documentation which include the Cobbold Commission Report, the safeguards known as the 20-Point Agreement , the Inter-Governmental Committee (ICG) Report, and review of the Malaysia Agreement.

Sarawak and Sabah have long nursed grievances in how they have been treated by the federal government since the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

The initiatives taken by Dr Jeffrey may be ‘too little, too late’, but it is always better late than never at all. After all, every long journey starts with the first small step.

We wish the SSCC every success and hope it will bear fruit very soon in the near future.


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