Hornbill Unleashed

July 15, 2017

‘Mission to London not waste of public finds’

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

Image result for The fact-finding mission to LondonThe fact-finding mission to London to get the full picture on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will not be a waste of public funds, assured Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

Sharifah Hasidah, who will lead the legal team from Sarawak, said the mission to search for and study any references related to the state’s rights under MA63 is necessary in order for the state government to establish a strong legal position to pursue and get back Sarawak’s rights.

“It will not be a waste of funds. This is for Sarawak, for our future. This is something which we must do, because for us to fight for Sarawak’s rights, we must get the right and precise facts.

“We have to go to London because all the relevant documents are there, and we want to study them thoroughly,” she told reporters after officiating the presentation of Yayasan Sarawak’s school uniform vouchers to deserving students under Samariang state constituency at Kampung Malaysia Jaya on Thursday.

Sharifah Hasidah, who is Samariang assemblywoman, explained the team will be in London for a week to study the documents before bringing back their findings to Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to decide and announce Sarawak’s next move.

It was learned that the team will leave this Sunday and is expected to arrive in London the next day.

To a question, she said the team would make a general study on the documents and is not looking at any specific area of interest.

“Let’s all pray for the best. A very good effort like this should be supported by all Sarawakians, in order to make sure that we do the right things based on the right platform,” she said.

She brushed aside suggestions to appoint some opposition members, including lawyers from the opposition, into the legal team.

“There is no need to appoint anyone else. We already have our own team, a solid team established by the state government on advice of the chief minister,” she said.

“As always mentioned by the chief minister, this mission is an important one to find facts. Nowadays, you see a lot of documents and opinions in social media claiming to be from the Malaysia Agreement. This is why the government decided to send our lawyers to see the factual side before deciding on the next course of action,” she added.

Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak has said the trip is unnecessary and will be a huge waste of money.

The Youth wing of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak, on the other hand, supported the trip but suggested the appointment of lawyers from the opposition to the team.

PKR Sarawak vice chairman See Chee How had said it was 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.

Abang Johari had assured that rights and interests of Sarawak must be safeguarded as the government will pursue the matter of devolution of power to Sarawak with the federal government.

The Chief Minister had also said the late Adenan initiated this movement to pursue autonomy for Sarawak based on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and he “will continue the legacy but we cannot go blindly”.

Meanwhile, a total of RM63,000 was allocated by Yayasan Sarawak for the school uniform vouchers and also scholarships to 316 deserving students from four secondary schools and seven primary schools in Samariang.

Sharifah Hasidah in her speech said this assistance showed the Sarawak government’s concern for the poor families in the state. She also advised the parents to consider technical training for their children to boost their job marketability upon leaving school if they did not score good grades.

Yayasan Sarawak principal assistant director Zamahari Saidi said efforts are now being made to ensure the vouchers are given out before or in the early part of schooling session for next year.

He revealed for this year, a total of RM4 million was allocated by Yayasan Sarawak for these vouchers to assist families listed for assistance under the e-kasih programme.

Source : The Borneo Post Online



1 Comment »

  1. Why was Sarawak not given a copy of Malaysia Agreement 1963 while Sabah and Buckingham Palace had a copy?

    Comment by Mat Som — July 16, 2017 @ 12:15 PM | Reply

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