Monday, August 26

Umno Sabah should speak as Sabahans – DAP

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TAWAU: Umno Sabah should speak as Sabahans and all Sabahan and Sarawakian parties either as chapters of national parties or members of national coalitions, including Umno Sabah, must not let their political affiliation compromise the rights of Sabah and Sarawak to participate in national decision-making.

Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sabah vice chairman Chan Foong Hin when responding to the call by Barisan Nasional (BN) Sabah secretary Abdul Rahman Dahlan that DAP Sabah must state its stand on the implementation of Hudud in the state, pointed out that DAP Sabah’s stand was crystal clear.

“We do not agree to the implementation of Hudud in all the states in Malaysia, given that Malaysia was formed as a secular federation in 1963 and any Hudud law passed at state level is unconstitutional unless the entire federal arrangement is renegotiated,” he said yesterday.

Chan who is also the Sri Tanjong assemblyman, viewed with grave concern that certain groups are handling the Hudud issue as an exclusively Malayan issue, which only involves Malayans or Malays.

“No Malayans should subconsciously harbor ‘colonial master’ mentality that decisions can be made in Kuala Lumpur without consulting Kota Kinabalu and Kuching,” he said.

Sabahans and Sarawakians today would not tolerate any unilateral attempt to alter the nature of the Federation of Malaysia without consulting the people of the two states, he said.

“Any parties trying to push their agenda through majoritarian politics should bear full responsibility for any implications of their actions that may undo Malaysia,” he warned.

Chan was of the view that all parties should accept that Malaysia is a federation formed with equal partnership of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak and then Singapore. All matters affecting the fundamental nature of the Federation of Malaysia must be decided in an inclusive and consensual manner, and not by majoritarian voting.

He said the unilateral decision by Tunku and Umno to expel Singapore from Malaysia without consulting Sabah and Sarawak had greatly affected Sabahans and Sarawakians, and was one of the reasons until today Sabahans and Sarawakians experience second-class citizenship in the eyes of Kuala Lumpur.

Therefore, Chan urged Umno Sabah not to follow their masters in Kuala Lumpur to blindly echo the implementation of state-level Hudud law, without considering the unique multiculturalism context of Sabah. Furthermore, Umno supreme council members from Sabah should present their Sabahan view to Umno Malayan that secular federalism was much more suitable to this multicultural country.

“Can Abdul Rahman Dahlan voice out as a Sabahan leader at the Umno supreme council meeting?” he asked.