Dr M: Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak should be equal partners

Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad – Picture from The Star

By Chew Lip Song

PENINSULAR Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak ought to be equal partners in this country, ex-PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today as the nation marks the 57th Malaysia Day.

He said the supported the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and accepted that Peninsular Malaysia, and the two East Malaysian states jointly formed the nation.

“If we can live up to the the same spirit and agreement of MA63, we can overcome every difficulty ahead of us,” he said in a Malaysia Day video posted on his social media.

Sharing his experience, Dr Mahathir said that he was already 38 when Malaysia was formed in 1969 and had mixed emotions then.

While he was glad that Sabah and Sarawak were coming together with Singapore to form a new nation, other neighbouring countries were opposed to the idea.

Since then, much developments have unfolded, including Singapore’s departure from the federation, he said.

“Singapore has left, but the strength of the peninsula’s relationship with Sabah and Sarawak has become all the stronger and continues to be forged.”