Kit Siang challenges Salleh for inquiry into Sabah’s 52 years


After calling for partial autonomy, speaker urged to form select committee

(Free Malaysia Today) – The state Speaker, Salleh Said Keruak, who recently called for “partial autonomy” in Sabah and Sarawak, has been challenged to back a DAP motion to review Sabah’s position after 52 years in Malaysia, and all aspects of the state’s grievances.

The DAP’s parliamentary leader, Lim Kit Siang, urged Salleh, who is Speaker of the state assembly, to support a full public inquiry by the select committee into all grievances of Sabahans and Sarawakians about their five decades in Malaysia.

Salleh had said last week that the two states did not really want full independence, as proposed by some backing a secessionist movement, and said tight federal control over projects had fuelled unhappiness. The present system of the federal government practically running the two states did not go down well, as the states were supposed to enjoy a certain level of autonomy.

Lim in a speech here said Salleh’s call for “partial autonomy” did not deal with the root of the problem in Sabah and Sarawak.