Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Raymond Tan says ‘New Deal’ manifesto too bold and imaginative and contradicts view of Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Raymond Tan believes the state Pakatan Harapan leaders released their bold manifesto without the consent of all the PH leaders in the peninsula.
In a statement on Friday, Tan pointed out that the “New Deal” manifesto promised to give Sabah so much power in various fields that it would make the state superior to other states and in some matters have even more power than the Federal government.
“PH chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in Kuching that there is a need to change some of the provisions of the Federal Constitution so that we can be fair to all the regions of Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia.
“Mahathir and DAP’s Lim Kit Siang did not know Sabah PH, with the support of PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, had launched a manifesto for Sabah which had contradicted them,” he said, adding that the former prime minister probably did not know about the Sabah PH manifesto.
Tan acknowledged, however, that Sabah PH had admitted that they did not agree with what Mahathir had said during his trip to Kuching.
This was in particular reference to the special rights of Sabah whether explicitly written in the Federal Constitution or in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“Sabah PH does not care whether Mahathir or Kit Siang are committed to these special rights or not. In this respect, Sabah PH will not allow Mahathir or Kit Siang to re-negotiate or replace these special rights,” he said.
Tan also pointed out that Sabah PH will need much more money to fulfil the promises in their manifesto than just the petroleum royalty of 20% and the return of 50% of the revenue collected from the state.
“There is no proposed budget for Sabah in the manifesto and it is very much left to the imagination of everyone.”
Tan, who is Tanjung Papat assemblyman, also praised Sabah PH for clearly stating it was not interested in any personal agenda that Mahathir has in leading the opposition coalition.
“I believe it is good advice from Sabah PH to Mahathir that the manifesto as proposed by them is the PH agenda for Sabah and that Sabah PH is not interested in his personal agenda to remove a duly elected prime minister from office,” he said.
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