Will Salleh allow motion on oil?


Bingkor assemblyman Jeffrey Kitingan has tabled three motions including a move seeking to debate the Malaysia Agreement 1963

Calvin Cabaron, FMT Borneo+

The Sabah State Legislative Assembly’s five-day sitting from tomorrow is set to be an interesting one to see if the Speaker Salleh Said Keruak will allow motions on three very pertinent issues to the state.

This is hot on the heel of Parliament allowing a motion tabled by Sandakan opposition MP Stephen Wong to debate last Wednesday’s kidnapping of two foreign nationals by seven arned and masked Filipinos at a diving resort off Semporna.

The Sabah motions set to be tabled at the State Legislative Assembly are on a proposed review of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement, the legality of the Petroleum Development Act 1974, and the Petroleum Agreement signed on 14 June 1976.

Bringing up the motions is Bingkor Assemblyman, Jeffrey Kitingan, the sole assemblyman from opposition Sarawak-based State Reform Party (Star).

Kitingan is set to meet the press later today to detail the motions.

It is also learnt that Kitingan has submitted the motions to the assembly Speaker.

The assembly begins its sitting tomorrow. It will be opened by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri, Tun Juhar Mahiruddin.

When contacted, Kitingan, who was an assemblyman during PBS time, said the time was right to move these motions because even Sarawak leaders were now vocal in wanting to ensure the Malaysia Agreement terms are implemented..