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The quiet life in a part of Kota Kinabalu is seen in this picture. A political analyst has claimed that many people in Sabah and Sarawak feel that the states have not benefited much from being part of Malaysia.
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Although secession would be treason, a slight majority of the grassroots in Sabah and Sarawak would rather not have both states be part of Malaysia, according to a Sarawakian political analyst.
The Malaysian Insider reported Professor James Chin as saying that this was because the people there felt that being part of Malaysia for 50 years had not benefited them.
“If you have a frank discussion with ordinary Sarawakians and Sabahans, there will be a slight majority which would want Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia.
“They feel that since day one, the federal government has not treated Sabah and Sarawak as separate entities as had been promised since 1963,” said Chin at a forum organised by the Bar Council Sunday.
However, he said the chances of such a secession were low as political leaders and business elites on both sides of the political divide valued the economic ties between the peninsula and the two states.
Instead, this class showed interest in winning the parliamentary seats in the two states, which currently held a quarter of the seats.