Hornbill Unleashed

October 12, 2017

Lack of action after London visit over Sarawak’s rights questioned

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

Chong-Chieng-Jen_ma63_sarawak_600An opposition leader is puzzled over the silence of the state government on the status of its fight for Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), three months after a legal team was sent to London to get evidence.

State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen asked if the state government had wasted money on sending 10 individuals to London to look for documents leading to the formation of Malaysia.

“All the hoo-haa about going to London has added no extra edge to Sarawak’s fight for autonomy except extra holidays for those involved at the expense of the tax payers’ money.

“Nothing has come up from the whole thing except for the technical committee,” The Borneo Post quoted Chong as telling a press conference here.

Saying all documents leading to the formation of Malaysia were no longer classified under the Official Secrets Act, Chong added it did not serve any purpose for the state government to be ‘so secretive’ about the documents they had collected from London.

He said he had in his possession a book, British Documents on the End of Empire, published by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies of the University of London, whose content included 227 correspondences leading to the formation of Malaysia from the time of Lord Cobbold to prime minister Harold McMillan of Britain, to Tunku Abdul Rahman and even to Lee Kuan Yew.

The Borneo Post quoted him as saying: “The book contains all the correspondences, including telegram exchanges that ultimately led to the formation of Malaysia.”

The Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman said he had “got the book at no cost at all”.

“So, my question to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is: ‘what is the big hassle in spending hundreds of thousands of tax payers money to bring all his legal officers to London for a tour to obtain some documents which you can easily obtain from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the University of London?’”

Chong said he had gone through all the documents and they were historical documents which added “no additional knowledge to the fight for Sarawak’s autonomy”.

He reiterated that the fight for autonomy for Sarawak rested solely on the political strength and willingness of the federal government to accede to the state’s demand “and not about some correspondence that led to the signing of the Malaysia Agreement”.

He said the terms stated in the MA63, provisions stated in the Federal Constitution, the stand of the Sarawak government and the willingness of the federal government to devolve certain powers to the state were what mattered, according to The Borneo Post report.


Source : The FMT Online


 

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2 Comments »

  1. CM sudah kena black magic ala RM ??

    Comment by tigeryka — October 12, 2017 @ 5:34 PM | Reply

  2. I think that HRH The Sultan of Johore is changing the scene and its for the better. Yes he is a monarchy, but his contributions can be also considered and at most times its in the interest of the Rakyat. If this is not possible, then enact a Law to allow this in every state assembly. Such a brilliant man and with so much experience of his state must be allowed to ” Rule ” and by all counts HRH the Sultan of Johore is a very reasonable man. His first salvo on religion is a clear indication that he won’t allow anyone to use Islam which is a religion of Peace, harmony , and the treatment of all religions as equal , at the same time defending Islam when it needs to. No one dares to go against His Royal Highness ( the Preacher will find this out ) as he says wise things and all should listen. I am in admiration of his sons, the TMJ and the younger prince have shown great decorum and politeness in Public, and most stop to see them in respect.

    Comment by Hattan — October 12, 2017 @ 11:19 AM | Reply


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