Hornbill Unleashed

July 20, 2017

‘Legal team to find out objective of MA63’

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

The legal team from Sarawak sent to London will focus on the objective of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Cobbold Commission Report besides researching any references related to the state’s rights under MA63.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg revealed this at the Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering organised by Islamic Welfare Trust Board of Limbang (Lakil) and Islamic Welfare Trust Board of Lawas (LaKHIL) that was held here on Tuesday.

He said in upholding the rights of Sarawak in Malaysia, the uppermost consideration is adherence to the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement and the Constitution.

“In any agreement, there is always the u

He was referring to the negotiations before the MA63 was concluded in which his father and the father of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak were signatories for Sarawak and Federation of Malaya respectively; thus as their sons they have the responsibility to see that it is complied with.

Law, Federal-State Relations and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali is leading the team to do the research which will help provide a sound footing in negotiations with the federal government in getting Sarawak’s rights.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said the state government required a suitable approach to develop Sarawak in line with changing times and evolving economic challenges.

He said he and his predecessor were fortunate to have good training under the leadership of Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud during the latter’s tenure as fourth chief minister.

He said PBB did not face any problems in the transition of power from Taib to fifth chief minister the late Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem and then to him as the party had always emphasised on training its leaders.

As an example, he said he and deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan were trained as the succeeding generation of leaders when they were in the PBB Youth wing.

“Leaders come and go, and the present crop of leaders were formerly young leaders groomed by PBB leaders of the past,” he pointed out.

Earlier in his speech, Awang Tengah urged all Sarawakians to give their full support to the chief minister in leading the state to greater heights.

“Our chief minister deserves the support as he is qualified, committed and striving to improve further policies besides fighting for the state’s interests and bringing the state to the next level,” he said.

On the needs of Lawas district, he welcomed the upgrading of the Long Luping-Ba Kelalan road but said it needed new schools, a HEP dam project at Trusan, affordable housing, swimming pool and other infrastructure and facilities for greater development.

Also present at the function were Abang Johari’s wife Datin Amar Datuk Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Datuk Henry Sum Agong, Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur and Small, Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais, Assistant Minister of Agriculture Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail, Limbang MP Hasbi Habibollah, Batu Danau assemblyman Paulus Palu Gumbang, Limbang Resident Datu Maria Hasman and Lawas district officer Hussaini Hakim.

Source : The Borneo Post Online by Philip Kiew




  1. The one and only in the world that British handed over Sarawak without any paper work MA63 treaty.

    Comment by Salim — July 20, 2017 @ 11:52 PM | Reply

  2. Dayaks blind support for Sarawak BN at their own perils.. The more associations the Dayaks formed the weaker and beholden they became to the highly corrupted regime.

    Comment by Simon Abbey — July 20, 2017 @ 10:50 PM | Reply

  3. Sarawakians want to know how we had lost our rights . Who were responsible for the extinguisment of our rights in MA63?. The question and answer must start from the sacking of a noble Iban CM, Stephen Kalong Ninkang.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — July 20, 2017 @ 4:19 PM | Reply

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