ALL 25 MPs from Sabah who will be elected in the upcoming General Elections (EG) must have a collective voice and leadership when it comes to protecting the rights, interests and sovereignty of the state, said the former Chief Minister of Sabah, Joseph Pairin Kitingan.
Pairin said the parliamentary session will be important after the elections, especially in the context of Sabah’s rights under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63).
He said that to address this role in parliament with one voice and one leadership, all state deputies and parties must stand together and act together as brothers and sisters.
“What this means is that the people must focus on enhancing and protecting the rights and interests of Sabah through the votes of the 25 seats, 26 if you include Labuan.”
“We should emulate Sarawak and our leaders have said they will work closely with Sarawak. This is indeed beautiful and well said, so let us seriously consider this unified approach so that our thoughts can be turned into positive actions producing a good result,” he said in a statement in Kota Kinabalu today.
Pairin, who was the 7th Chief Minister in office from April 1985 to Mac 1994, also founded the Bersatu Sabah Party (PBS) in March 1985 and remained its chairman until his retirement in November 2016.
The Papar-born veteran chief is now the chairman of the Kadazan Dusun Cultural Association (KDCA), bearing the title of “Huguan Siou” or paramount chief, in the community.
Pairin said the base says that in parliamentary elections there is a preference to elect local parties that are inclined to protect the rights and interests of Sabah, rather than foreign parties that have other agendas and do not focus on protecting Sabah’s rights and future.
“To this end, let us also be guided by grassroots voices. They say enough is enough. So who will make the decisions in this parliamentary election? of course, it is the rakyat. They are the voters and it is their responsibility to decide correctly,” he said.
He said voters, especially the younger generation, must be mindful of protecting Sabah and its future, as well as the security and development of future generations.
“They must support and vote for candidates representing local political parties who are ready and prepared to fight for Sabah and its future and have no hidden agenda that could be a disadvantage for Sabah and its future generations,” he said. -he declares.
Pairin said another very important piece of advice is to avoid the influence of monetary or material political bait, learning from past experience, voters should be guided by their wisdom and common sense while thinking about their future. and that of Sabah. – Bernama, October 15, 2022.