Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Sabah youth must be aware of secession dangers, says Ongkili

KOTA MARUDU, 30 November -- Young people must not be easily misled by certain groups which want to take Sabah and Sarawak out of Malaysia because the consequences of such an attempt would be catastrophic.

Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said Sabah and Sarawak youth must be well-informed and understood what it would mean to the two states if they were to secede from the Federation.

He said the younger generation must also equip themselves with knowledge on the history of the country’s formation so that they would not be easily duped by the action of certain irresponsible people who were trying to dismantle the country.

"The repercussions could be serious not only in terms of our ability to sustain ourselves as a nation, but also the threats we will face from outside, which may stake claims on us.

"In fact, the formation of Malaysia was not without protests from our neighbouring countries which even launched a military offensive against us to prevent the Malaysian Federation from becoming a reality," he added.

Ongkili, who is also Kota Marudu member of parliament, said this after opening the 12th Kota Marudu Member of Parliament Trophy football tournament in Kota Marudu today.

As Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president, he also called on the youths to appreciate the aspirations and struggles of Malaysia's founding members, especially leaders of Sabah and Sarawak who wanted to unite Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak to protect the people’s interest and for a better future.

"Let us not be easily swayed by elements that are using the sentiments of the people for political gains, and who are not thinking of the future, interest and safety of Malaysians in Sabah and Sarawak," he said.

Ongkili also reminded the youths that secessionist-thinking was also dangerous as it could be tantamount to sedition.

"We may not always be satisfied with what is happening, but our duty is to be rational and improve things as a nation through discourse, and not through actions that could be detrimental to us all," he said.