I reproduced it here a Press Statement by Parti Keadilan Rakyat national vice president Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, just in case it do not see the day in print in the local newspapers tomorrow.
28th August 2007
Keadilan Sabah to Mark Malaysia's 44th Anniversary in Tambunan
Parti Keadilan will mark Malaysia's 44th Anniversary rather than celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Malayan Independence, which is a waste of public funds.
Malaysia is only 44 years old. So why celebrate its 50th Anniversary? Why fool the public and spend public funds to celebrate Malaya's Independence in 1957 in the name of Malaysia? This is total stupidity! What happens in 2013 when the real Malaysia is 50 years old? Are we not going to celebrate Malaysia's 50th Anniversary then?
That is why we, Keadilan Sabah, will not be a part of the 50th Celebration (of Malaya's Independence) but still mark Malaysia's 44th Anniversary and Sabah's 44th Independence instead with a simple ceremony in Tambunan.
Keadilan will organise a Talk on the Formation of Malaysia and Sabah's Independence in 1963 on the evening of 30th August 2007 at TVRC. On the 31st, we will visit the `Batu Sumpah' in Keningau and hoist the Sabah Flag. The `Batu Sumpah' is a sacred symbol of the 20 Points Agreements which is highly significant as basis for the Federal-State relationship.
On 16th September, which is the official date of formation of Malaysia, Keadilan will hold a convention in Kota Kinabalu and hoist the Malaysian Flag to mark the occasion.
It is sad that the Umno controlled BN government is putting much more emphasis on Malaya's Independence rather than on the formation of Malaysia thereby ignoring the truth of history and the feelings of Sabah and Sarawak.
We invite the public to join us at our ceremony on 31st August 2007.
DARUK DR JEFFREY KITINGAN
Is this a political ploy to woo support for the coming general election. Why in Tambunan? Is Pairin vs Jeffrey expected for the Tambunan seat? Jeffrey's group will clashed with another Opposition party PASOK in their visit to Batu Sumpah in Keningau. PASOK had announce that they would organised a big day-long gathering at the Batu Sumpah on Aug 31.
It will be interesting to hear what the Parti Keadilan Rakyat, Sabah chairman Ansari Abdullah has to say about this. It seems that since taking over the chairman post from Awang Tengah last month, Ansari has been keeping a low profile.