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July 5, 2017

Sending legal team to UK over MA63 not ‘foreign interference’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Sebastian-Ting-ma63Sending a legal team to London over the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), is not tantamount to inviting foreign interference, says a Barisan Nasional component in Sarawak, Borneo Post reported.

Dismissing such an accusation as being far-fetched, SUPP secretary-general Sebastian Ting said the only purpose of the mission was to search for the relevant documents and references to establish a strong legal position for Sarawak in its negotiations with the federal government.

“Foreign interference? That cannot be correct. This move shows we are serious. The chief minister is serious and we are sending a good team of lawyers down there to do a complete study to establish our legal stand,” he was quoted as saying.

Yesterday, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayu was reported to have said that the Sarawak state government’s act of sending lawyers to London to study the MA63 would be inviting foreigners to “intervene” in national affairs.

Ting said he supported the move because it underscored the seriousness of Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg and the state government in fighting to uphold the state’s rights and interests.

Last Friday, Abang Johari said the state will send a team of lawyers to London to search for and study any references related to the state’s rights under the MA63.

He said the team would be led by Law, Federal-State Relations and Project Monitoring assistant minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

“Indeed, we will continue with Tok Nan’s (former chief minister Adenan Satem) efforts to retrieve our rights as embodied in the Malaysia Agreement.

“This agreement is not simply an agreement. We want to get the facts right because if we want to make a claim, we must do our homework, otherwise we are just shooting at the target without hitting it,” Abang Johari was reported as saying by Bernama.

Meanwhile, Sarawak DAP had on Sunday questioned the rationale of the state government in sending lawyers to London when the relevant documents were already in the state.

Citing a July 2016 news report, Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chien Jen said SUPP had already brought back “valuable” documents on the MA63 to present to Adenan.

“SUPP has a good collection but we do not claim to have 100% of the important references and documents relating to the rights and conditions of MA63, and therefore, sending this legal team from Sarawak is the right thing to do.

“We do not know if there are other documents that we may have missed out. In order to prepare out position, we must have all the relevant documents for a full presentation,” Ting said in response to the DAP revelation.

The rights of the state stipulated in this agreement has been a bone of contention between Sarawak and the federal government which has only recently agreed to set up a committee to discuss the devolution of power.

Source : FMT Online


1 Comment »

  1. Why not during the time of Tun Rahman Yacub and Taib Mahmud? Were SUPP and PBB already borned then?

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — July 6, 2017 @ 7:11 PM | Reply

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