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2017 Jan 24 - Will the Sabah Rights Review Committee become another "missing in action" committee?

Will the Sabah Rights Review Committee become another "missing in action" committee?

KOTA KINABALU, January 25, 2017: There have been committees after committees, so many that I have lost count. At the federal level, there is at least one committee co-chaired by a Federal minister from Sarawak. We now hear about a committee on “devolution” chaired by the Sabah State Secretary plus another one chaired by a minister.

Why is there now a maze of committees that can only delay and bury the issue of Sabah Rights? Since the 40% entitlement (a revenue right) is part of the constitution, all that remains is for the Federal government to implement it. That’s all. As I understand it, more than a year ago, a team from Sabah had submitted to the Prime Minister cum Finance Minister a memorandum on the 40% entitlement. That is already the highest level of government. What is there left for a Sabah committee to do? Is this Sabah Rights Review Committee another farce like the RCI Technical Committee that has gone “missing in action”?

The lack of confidence on the government is compounded by the scary fact government leaders do not know the difference between devolution and autonomy. Devolution, like decentralisation, is top-down delegation of powers from a central government in a unitary state, such as a kingdom, to lower levels of government. Whereas, autonomy means that a country like Sabah retains all residual powers other than specific powers (such as external defence and foreign affairs) passed on to the federal (not central) government. Whereas an autonomous state is master of itself, a devolved state is merely a sub-division of the bigger unitary nation. To ask for devolution is to make Sabah subservient to Malaya. To fight for autonomy is to insist that we are masters of ourselves. Hence, what Sabah should be striving for is autonomy, not devolution.

Ultimately, Sabah will rid Sabah of Malaya parties in order to regain full autonomy so that Sabahans are free to elect our own Government with no interference from Malaya parties of whatever ideology or race.

Datuk Yong Teck Lee
President, SAPP.

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

Our Sabah..

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RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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No to coal-fired plant
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3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs,
Ex-minister: Review 20-point
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Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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