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2010 Apr 26 - Ex-Sabah minister: Review 20-point agreement

Ex-Sabah minister: Review 20-point agreement

KUNDASANG, Mon, 26 Apr 2010: Former Sabah Finance Minister Mohd Noor Mansoor has called for a review of the 20-point agreement that led to the formation of Malaysia in 1963.

He said this was necessary as the Federal government has reneged on what was stipulated in the agreement, among others the Borneonisation of the state's civil service, the Immigration control and political autonomy.

"Borneonisation means that Sabahans should be given priority in federal government departments and agencies, he said at a political talk organised here by the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) yesterday.

"Unfortunately a majority of the senior positions in these departments and agencies are being occupied by non-Sabahans.

"The Immigration Department too is under the control of the Federal government as the present director is a non-Sabahan," he said.

Sabah is no longer self-governing unlike in the past', he said during the talk entitled "Current Issues, the 13th General Election and the Future of Sabah" held at a hotel here.

"Sabah has completely lost its autonomy. Important posts including that of the Chief Minister and the cabinet ministers have to be endorsed by Kuala Lumpur," he told his audience.

Citing the loss of Immigration control, he claimed that in some cases Sabahans were even required to travel all the way to the Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur to get their identity card approved.

He further claimed that a student who scored 8As in the UPSR exam had to be referred to Kuala Lumpur for consideration before she could gain a place in Maktab Rendah Sains Mara (MRSM).

He said the loss of the state's rights began during the time of the late Tun Fuad Stephens when he requested for a review of the said 20-Point Agreement.

The former Berjaya Party strongman said that because of this (demand), Stephens was packed off to Australia as the Malaysian High Commissioner to Australia.

"The Chief Minister post (held by Stephens) was then given to Peter Lo and Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun was elected as the Minister of Special Affairs for Sabah," recalled Mohd Noor who was the Finance Minister for Sabah from 1976 to 1985.

He said his call to review the 20-points Agreement should not be interpreted to mean that Sabah would pull out of the Federation, but was rather a call to correct the imbalances that exist between Sabah and Kuala Lumpur which he believed had transformed Sabah from a rich state to the poorest in the country.

A review of the 20-Point Agreement would help Sabah regain its past glory, he said.

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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.

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The Birth of Malaysia
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The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
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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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