Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

PBS Suggests IGC Report Be Reviewed

KOTA KINABALU - Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has suggested that the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report be reviewed to tackle all doubts existing among the people, specifically in Sabah and Sarawak.

Its president Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said the review of the IGC, which was the foundation for the Malaysia Agreement, was crucial and the best solution to tackle the dissatisfaction over certain rights and protection for Sabah and Sarawak which were not satisfactorily fulfilled.

Pairin said the time had come for a review as the IGC Report had a provision for its implementation to be reviewed every 10 years; and the first and last review was done in 1973.

He said this when delivering his policy speech at the 30th PBS Annual Delegates Conference which was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, here, Saturday.

Pairin said that in his speech at the Dewan Rakyat recently, he had proposed that the British government be involved in the review, as an independent third party, to scrutinise if there were discrepancies in the protective rights promised.

"We hope this will solve the feeling of discontent among the people of Sabah and Sarawak, whom I am confident only want the best for all, and generally want Malaysia to be maintained," he said.

In the meantime, Pairin said ad hoc forums on the matter of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia organised by non-governmental organisations or opposition parties should not be allowed because some had a tendency to call for separation.

Meanwhile, Pairin also suggested that PBS set up a committee to draw up strategies to attract the participation and membership of the younger generation.

Pairin said this included unearthing new talents from among the talented and professionals to help the party tackle issues and promote moderation among the people.

He said party members must make innovations other than adjusting to current changes including understanding the pulse and the wants of the current younger generation.



Source - Bernama