Hornbill Unleashed

February 11, 2018

Putrajaya to form high-level committee on Sarawak’s rights too, Najib says

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

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (fourth from right) and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg (third from right) waving the Barisan Nasional and PBB flags at the opening of the PBB Triennial Delegates Convention in Kuching February 10, 2018. — Picture by Sulok Tawie The federal government will form a high-level committee to discuss with Sarawak the return of the state’s rights, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today.

Speaking at the 14th Triennial Delegates Convention of Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) at the Borneo Convention Centre here, the prime minister said the decision was to match the move by the state government.

“So Abang Jo, don’t worry. If the state has established a high-level committee, we will also establish one at the federal,” he said, referring to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg.

Abang Johari, in his speech earlier, had said that the state government had formed a high-level committee headed by his three deputies Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Tan Sri James Masing, and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

The state level committee was formed after the State Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a motion asking the federal government to return the state’s rights.

Najib said he has no problem discussing the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) with the state government, saying that “as family members of the Barisan Nasional, we can discuss things in a conducive and friendly manners.”

“I have promised before that we will return those rights, enshrined in MA63 and which have been eroded, to Sarawak.

“If we have either knowingly or unknowingly or by design or otherwise, taken those rights and powers, then I am prepared to return those rights to Sarawak,” the Umno president said.

He said it is not right for the federal government to take rights belonging to other people.

“What is important is for Sarawak to remain under the Barisan Nasional and in the federation of Malaysia,” he said, adding that the next time he comes to Sarawak hopefully he would want to see “smiles and happy faces” around.

Najib said the situation was different when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the prime minister as the subject of MA63 was considered as out of bounds and anyone who dared to talk about it risked being detained under the Internal Security Act.

“If you don’t believe me, you can ask some political leaders in Sabah, including Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, PBS president and minister of energy, green technology and water, about it,” he said.

Source : The Malay Mail Online by Sulok Tawie




  1. Now or never after GE 14

    Comment by Salim — February 14, 2018 @ 5:42 PM | Reply

  2. PBB is a carbon copy of UMNO where cronism and self enrichment is the only thing they do.
    Whistle blowers are sent to jail which condo for cows UMNO people go scot free?
    If high level team formed by Adenan were already in talks with putera jaya, who did they talked to before this announcement by putera jaya.
    Is puterajaya making fools out of us Sarawakians!

    Comment by Brian — February 12, 2018 @ 10:19 AM | Reply

  3. AJ sudah kena black-magic ala RM …

    Comment by tigeryka — February 11, 2018 @ 10:05 PM | Reply

  4. When Adenan Satem was CM a committee was already formed to specifically engage with Putrajaya to return the rights of Sarawak. Is the present CM trying to mislead Sarawakians into believing that the previous committee was not high level enough when infact after two years nothing concrete had been achieved. Abang Johari had few months ago said the state government was in the 2nd stage of negotiation with the Federal Government. What the fuk. You think Sarawakians are stupid? Sarawakians have had enough of empty promises. Sarawakians do not want a state government that support a kleptrocrat and thief. Sarawak belongs to Sarawakians not PBB or Umno Baru. Najib has no right to threaten Sarawak government to do well in GE14 if we want more developments or getting our rights back.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — February 11, 2018 @ 4:40 PM | Reply

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