Hornbill Unleashed

July 11, 2017

Anwar: Sarawak’s London MA63 trip shows no confidence in AGC

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

The Sarawak government’s move to send lawyers to London to study the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) shows a lack of confidence in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), said jailed former PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

“It gives the impression that the (Sarawak) state government lacks confidence in the AGC to give a fair and free judgement,” Anwar said in a statement today.

Last week Sarawak chief minister Abang Johari Openg said the state would send a team of lawyers on a one-week London trip to search for and study any references related to the state’s rights under MA63.

The MA63 provided for the joining of Malaya, Singapore, North Borneo (now known as Sabah) and Sarawak as the Federation of Malaysia. Singapore left the federation in 1965.

Anwar said the government should not take the move lightly as it could have serious implications on the relationship between Putrajaya, Sarawak and Sabah.

“I urge Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to act immediately and to be open-hearted in studying the source of nervousness surrounding the MA63.

“It is clear that his and the BN government’s actions in giving allocations and attention to the state had failed to control the situation,” he said.

He also said that Najib’s efforts to quell concerns that Putrajaya was neglecting Sarawak had also failed.

On a related matter, Anwar lauded the Sarawak’s government’s move to set up its own oil and gas exploration firm.

He said he had called for such a company since 2010, and wants Petronas to give the same leeway to Sabah, Terengganu and Kelantan.

Nancy: London trip won’t affect power devolution

Meanwhile, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri said the London delegation does not affect talks with the federal government on the devolution of powers.

Nancy said the State Technical Committee would bring them to the Steering Committee on the Devolution of Powers, which she chairs jointly with Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.

“Talks with Putrajaya have nothing to do with what happened in Sarawak (decision to send lawyers to London). The state government has the right to dig into the history of Sarawak.

“It is not interfering with what we are doing over there. We have to look from two different perspectives, what happens in Putrajaya and here, ” she told reporters at her Aidilfitri open house in Kuching today.

About 10,000 people of different races attended the Aidilfitri open house.

Nancy said talks on the devolution of powers were a continuing process between the Putrajaya and Kuching.

“If there is more, let us talk. The prime minister is a reasonable person who has sat down together to understand the needs of Sarawak,” she added.

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister of Law, Federal-State Relations and Project Monitoring, Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, who will lead the team of lawyers to London said they are on a fact-finding mission.

“We want to look for facts and do research,” she told reporters when met at the open house.

Source : Malaysiakini



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