Hornbill Unleashed

July 13, 2017

PKR asks for detailed plan, itinerary of London trip led by assistant minister

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has urged Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to reveal the detailed plan and itinerary of the London trip led by Assistant Minister of Law, Federal-State Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

See, who is state PKR vice chairman, said the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and all matters relating to the constitutional and legal rights and privileges of Sarawak in the Federation is of utmost importance.

“However, it appears that we are not taking the research trip or fact finding mission with the necessary diligence and earnestness,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Firstly, See said, the purpose of the trip is somewhat confusing.

“It was first announced as a research trip overseas for an assistant minister to study ‘the various laws that have been passed in Parliament and that have been found to infringe Sarawak’s rights (under MA63)’ about a month ago (June 15).

“Two weeks later, it was turned into a trip by ‘a team of lawyers’ (led by the assistant minister) to London to search for and study any references related to the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“Lately, the London trip is said to be a ‘fact-finding mission (FFM) to study the documents leading to the Malaysia Agreement’.”

As an official fact-finding mission funded by Sarawak taxpayers’ money, See pointed out that the terms of reference (ToR) which form the basis of the FFM should have been clearly laid down and the Sarawakian public be notified on the terms.

“There should be no confusion of the purpose of the trip, and the ToR should also contain the topics and questions which have been identified and are to be addressed during the visit.”

In addition, he said any FFM would also carefully select and appoint members with requisite expertises to be included in the mission.

“The FFM team should also have identified the potential authorities, agencies, organisations and all other potential primary and secondary sources of information for interviews and research studies, the methodology with clear itinerary for the mission trip.”

See said it is rather strange to have this research trip of fact-finding mission after two rounds of negotiation with Putrajaya on the devolution of power during the time of the previous administration under the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

“There has been no progress under the reign of this present administration. The Chief Minister must clarify on the stalling of the negotiation and whether we are encountering any hiccup which makes this London trip necessary.”

He stated that, besides the assistant minister, the state legal counsel Datuk JC Fong and State Legislative Assembly (DUN) deputy speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala, it was not disclosed who the other team members are and what their respective expertise are.

“I have reliably learned that two rather junior state legal officers (no disrespect to them) are included in the team but the itinerary for the trip seems bare, with only a day’s visit to the National Archives in Kew, London.”

See said in the minds of all Sarawakians, and with their imagination, what the FFM seeks to achieve must be noble and of significance.

“With the subject matters relating to the tall aspiration of all Sarawakians, their expectations are intuitively and considerably high.

“It is therefore incumbent on the Chief Minister to disclose details of the FFM to assure the public that the funding from our taxpayers money will be wisely spent and that the trip was planned and will be carried out with the necessary diligence and earnestness.”

Source : The Borneo Post Online


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