LABUAN: The people must be wary of proponents for secession of Sabah and Sarawak from Malaysia as they are twisting historical facts of the federation, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili.
The Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) deputy president said that these people who argued that the two states should secede from Malaysia had also belittled the work and efforts done by the founding fathers of Malaysia from Sabah and Sarawak.
“They are accusing the founders of the nation from Sabah and Sarawak of being cheated and the Malayan leaders as liars and thieves.
“These separatist groups comprising rejected opposition leaders and opposition-linked bloggers appear to be stirring anti-federal hatred and provoking rebellion. They don’t recognise the formation of Malaysia and even urged the people to fly the flag upside down,” he said, adding that this was a ‘dangerous preoccupation’ that could affect the security and stability in the country.
Speaking at the opening of the PBS Labuan division annual general meeting, Dr Maximus also urged such groups not to play with fire.
He advised the public to be wary of the separatists and not to be taken by their wild propaganda.
“These people, who twist facts of history, should get the real story from those involved in the negotiation process for the formation of Malaysia.
“They include, Tan Sri Peter Lo, former Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Rahman Yaa’kub and others like Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Gilong, Tan Sri Herman Luping, Tan Sri Leonard Linggi Jugah among others, who knew what actually happened,” he said.
Dr Maximus also said that to claim the nation’s founders from Sabah and Sarawak were cheated was an insult to the leaders who had the interest of the future of Sabah and Sarawak in mind.
“The formation of Malaysia by Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak is a permanent marriage and our task is to enrich this marriage by continue to look into the interest of the people of Sabah and Sarawak. Sabah and Sarawak should make full use of the federation of Malaysia to get the resources and means to develop their states,” he added.
Also present were Labuan member of parliament Datuk Rozman Isli and Senator Datuk Yunus Kurus.