MA63 special council to announce several decisions next week

Muhyiddin and Abang Johari (second, left) arriving at the State dinner last night. – Bernama pic

By S. Harrish

THE Special Council on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will announce its decision on several issues including the Federal Constitution amendment and socioeconomic matters concerning Sarawak and Sabah next week.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the three working committees in the Special Council have come up with several proposals in regard to the rights of the two Borneo states, reports Borneo Post.

“Matters related to immigration, national registration, border control, illegal immigrants and the encroachment of foreign fishermen in the Exclusive Economic Zone were discussed by the Sabah and Sarawak Security Working Committee,” said Muhyiddin, during a state dinner banquet at the Sarawak state assembly complex yesterday.

Other matters discussed include socioeconomic development of Sarawak such as poverty, roads, health, education, internet access and telecommunications, stamp duty imposed on ownership transfer papers and charges and land rent under the Sarawak Land Ordinance.

The special grants to Sarawak under Article 112D of the Federal Constitution, were also discussed by the Socioeconomic Working Committee.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg told Muhyiddin that Sarawak will continue to “look after itself” while affirming GPS support to the federal government.

“We in Sarawak know how to settle issues in our own family and let this way be maintained, because only Sarawakians know best about Sarawak, so we have to look after ourselves,” he said.