Sri Aman – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s speech during the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) TDC was described as a “political redemption” by Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak President (PBDS), Cobbold John Lusoi.
In his speech, the Prime Minister was quoted as saying that he was willing to return the rights of Sabah Sarawak which if Malaysia had taken or taken the rights embodied in the Malaysia Agreement MA63 intentionally or not. He insisted on two conditions, that is, no succession term from Federation of Malaysia and also demanded that the people of Sarawak fully support the Barisan Nasional (BN) government. When contacted yesterday, Cobbold condemned Najib’s statement as a political threat.
“There is no requirement or any provision in the Malaysian legislation to state that support for the Barisan Nasional will restore Sarawak’s rights in the deprovisioned Malaysia MA63 Agreement. This is a “political hostage” and an act that does not respect the position of Sabah and Sarawak as partners in the formation of Malaysia, “Cobbold said.
Cobbold asserted that Sabah and Sarawak’s rights were enshrined in the Malaysian Agreement and he questioned Najib’s credibility as Prime Minister.
“The parties involved in the formation of Malaysia are United Kingdom, Federation of Malaya (Malaya), North Borneo (Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore”, he explained.
“Najib is not one of the parties involved, there is no Najib or Barisan Nasional in MA63. He just a Prime Minister entrusted with the task of administering Malaysia and appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong “, Cobbold said in a sarcasm.
“What is interesting is the territorial rights of the people and Sarawakians want to know how Malaysia returns our rights. Do not let the BN government say that PETRONAS is wrong, “Cobbold said.
Cobbold also called for Pakatan Harapan to act more proactive if it won Putrajaya on GE14. He said PH’s pardigram shift is necessary. All Sarawak rights must be honoured and be respected.