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PBS submits memo on Sabah issues to Najib

PUTRAJAYA: Parti Bersatu Sabah's Supreme Council handed over a memorandum to Prime Minister Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak, Monday, expressing full support while highlighting several outstanding issues that need permanent solution before the next election for Barisan Nasional to stay relevant.

Among the issues highlighted by the delegation led by President Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, during the courtesy call at Seri Perdana, were empowerment of Sabah, illegal immigrants (PTI), transparent power sharing formula for Sabah Barisan Nasional, fulfilling election promises, Borneonisation and oil royalty.

PBS Sec-Gen Datuk Johnny Mositun said the party pledged loyalty to the Prime Minister as it valued his leadership that has seen Malaysia and, in particular, Sabah achieving enormous progress and development.

"PBS pledged to stand by the Prime Minister's side as he continues to lead Barisan Nasional," Mositun said. The 46 people in the group included deputy presidents Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili, Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai and Senator Datuk Jamilah Sulaiman, vice-presidents and supreme council members.

They said the outstanding issues should be addressed with permanent solutions before the next general election, "to ensure the country remains strong and united, as well as maintain Barisan Nasional's political supremacy in Sabah."

PBS supports the empowerment of Sabah by giving the state more decision making and planning roles in various matters that affect the state and its people. In order to do this, cooperation with as well as financial support from the Federal government is vital.

"The Federal Government is urged to provide Sabah with more roles in making decisions, planning and administration of the state. PBS stand firm by the 20-Points agreement as well as the autonomy and rights of Sabah as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

"Sabah can negotiate with the Federal Government to have more power and towards this, re-look at the state's power and roles in the concurrent list of the Constitution," Mositun said.

PBS also called for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the RCI and RCI technical committee, aside from asking for the Esscom manpower and intelligence to be beefed up to rid the state of kidnappings linked to outsiders.

"PBS also wants the immediate review and withdrawal of dubious Identity Cards given illegally to non-citizens in Sabah. The party has previously submitted a list of names of people who were recipients of dubious ICs and hoped that this would be acted upon by the authorities.

"We also express the wishes of all Sabahans for more aggressive and swift action to arrest and deport illegal immigrants in Sabah as our obligation to the security of the people and sovereignty of Sabah," Mositun said.

Power sharing in Sabah BN is an issue of contention among the non-Umno Barisan Nasional parties.

"This problem is weakening Sabah BN. We want more visible and transparent power sharing formula among Sabah BN component parties because there is still no transparent formula and decisions by the state leadership is ad hoc," he said.

Mositun said the party explained the scenario in Sabah whereby monopoly by a certain party had caused other component parties to lose support and membership as they appear to the people as being "irrelevant and politically toothless."

The monopoly, he said, included political posts in the state administration, government contracts as well as in Government-linked Corporations.

"There should also be fair representation by component parties for political posts such as native chiefs, village security and development committee chairmen and village headmen," he said.

PBS is also concerned that some promises made during the previous election have yet to be fulfilled. They include those relating to SMK Desa Wawasan in Tambunan, SMK Sains in Keningau, allocation of RM10 mil for the KDM College and yet-to-be implemented coastal highway linking Tuaran, Kota Belud, Kota Marudu and Kudat etc.

The party also reiterated its call for an upward revision of petroleum royalty for Sabah as, "todate there is no significant progress to review the existing 5pc petroleum royalty despite repeated calls by Sabah and Sarawak".

"As a start an increase of 5pc should be immediately considered, to come from the Federal Government's 5pc share in the production sharing formula. This will make the total royalty Sabah and Sarawak 10pc each," said Mositun.

PBS also wants further visible increase in development allocation for roads, electricity, water, health, education and local housing. It suggested that the increased allocation can come from the collection of Good and Sales Tax.

Another issue close to the hearts of Sabahans is "borneonisation". PBS conveyed to the Prime Minister its hopes more visible increase in the recruitment and promotion of Sabahans in the Federal civil service in Sabah would take place, especially in senior posts such as directors or agency heads.

"We also wish to see more appointments of Sabahans as heads of federal GLCs in Sabah as at present it is very low at 30pc. This is the case in Felda, Felcra, Risda, Fama, Mara, government banking institutions, cooperatives etc.

Mositun added PBS was pleased with the cordial meeting with the Prime Minister.

"We are confident that the Prime Minister will listen and act on the issues highlighted for the betterment of Barisan Nasional especially in the next general election, as well as for Sabah and Malaysia.

"He has proven that he cares for the people of Sabah, Sarawak and the whole of Malaysia, and will surely work hard to resolve the issues that affect us," said Mositun.

Source : Daily Express