By S. Harrish
THE Perikatan Nasional government has been urged to fully explain to the people the progress made in restoring Sabah and Sarawak rights under MA63.
Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said the government should also explain the development and socio-economic advancement in the two states.
He said though he welcomed Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s announcement that he would ensure Sabah and Sarawak were given fair treatment to bring them on par with peninsula states, the government needed to quantify it.
Yii said in a statement that even with a designated Sabah and Sarawak Affairs Ministry, it meant nothing if there was no progress.
Based on public records, he said PN’s Special Council on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) has only met once on Dec 2, 2020, about 10 months after its formation.
“In that meeting itself, what was agreed upon was the formation of another three committees that will handle various matters that are important to Sabah and Sarawak.
“So, it is of utmost importance that they explain to the public on what they had done over the past year.”
He said they should show their “one year report card”.
“They cannot use Covid-19 as an excuse as other ministries were handling the pandemic.
“We do not want this ministry to be an attempt to shore up political support for the unstable PN government and without any tangible results for the people.”
Yii said the PN government had also put the Special Cabinet Committee on MA63 report by the Pakatan Harapan under the under Official Secrets Act (OSA) even though 17 out of the 21 items were agreed upon.
“It even shelved the formation of a MA63 parliamentary select committee that was agreed upon to monitor the implementation of the said agreements,” he said.