By Chew Lip Song
HAVING a Prime Minister from Sabah can help soothe East Malaysians’ misgivings about the perceived unequal treatment Sabahans and Sarawakians have been receiving from Putrajaya, ex-Minister Baru Bian said today.
The Selangau MP said that if Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal becomes the next PM, much of the disputes arising from the Malaysia Agreement 1963 would be resolved swiftly.
“Having a PM from Sabah will be cause for much joy in both Sabah and Sarawak.
“It will finally be a sign of real inclusivity that our people have perhaps never felt and may go a long way in soothing the rising resentment of Sabahahans and Sarawakians at the perceived unequal treatment of Sabah and Sarawak and the lack of attention to our needs by the Federal Government,” said the former Works Minister in a statement today.
He added that Malaysians who believe in national unity would accept with open hearts a Sabahan as Prime Minister in the same way they have accepted Malaysians from other states of Peninsula Malaysia as Prime Minister over the last 63 years.
Expressing his full support for ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal to Shafie as Prime PM, he said as equal partners in the Federation of Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak leaders should have the same rights as those in Peninsular Malaysia. T
“The appointment of Shafie will be a big step in fulfilling the vision of our forefathers when they agreed to the formation of Malaysia that we would be equal partners building the nation of Malaysia together,” he added.
Baru also called on Gabungan Parti Sarawak leaders to support Shafie as the next Prime Minister.