The Sepanggar Member of Parliament (MP) Datuk Azis Jamman said he was recently summoned by the police for voicing out his dissatisfaction about the allocation for Sabah in Budget 2022 in the Dewan Rakyat.
According to Malay Mail, Azis had in a joint press conference with other Opposition MPs demanded the government to explain why he was the only one being called up by the police, when there were other MPs who raised similar remarks over the same matter.
FMT reported that Azis has claimed there were growing calls for Sabah to secede from Malaysia in his speech in Parliament.
Azis, also the former deputy home minister said he was disappointed that he was called in by the police for his speech that touched on the rights of Sabahans.
“I have been told that this matter is being investigated and I do not know whether I will be charged or not, but I stand with whatever I mentioned in Parliament previously.”
“For the aspirations of Sabahans, we will continue our fight and voice out any issues that we think are unfair, including allocations for Sabah.” Azis said in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday (23 November).
In addition, he also demanded an explanation from the government regarding the probe against him.
“What I was told, other MPs also expressed similar sentiments, and surprisingly, only I have been called and investigated.”
On 9 November, Azis has warned the Parliament that there were growing calls for Sabah to secede from Malaysia due to the unfair allocations to the state under Budget 2022.
In the same session, Keningau MP Datuk Seri Jeffrey Kitingan concurred with him and said that about 60% of East Malaysians wanted Sabah and Sarawak to secede.
It is also noted that MPs have the legal immunity to speak in Dewan Rakyat, however, the immunity does not apply to cases involving the Sedition Act 1948.
In response, the Dewan Rakyat Speaker Azhar Harun said he take the matter seriously and has reassured the MPs that he will speak to the police to ensure that the right of lawmakers to speak freely in the Dewan Rakyat is protected.