By S. Harrish
A SENIOR East Malaysian federal minister has dismissed claims that the struggle over the Malaysia Agreement 1963 has stopped after the change of government in March.
Senior minister for infrastructure Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof said the Perikatan Nasional government was committed to honouring Sabah and Sarawak’s rights under the agreement, reports FreeMalaysiaToday.
Fadillah, a senior member of GPS, said the claim that they have given up fighting for Sabah and Sarawak’s rights was not true and a misrepresentation of their efforts.
East Malaysian state rights were being pursued more actively than under the previous administration, he said.
“Now we have a minister who is directly in charge of Sabah and Sarawak affairs (Maximus Ongkili). It’s not merely a committee of stakeholders, it is an entire ministry dedicated to handling affairs related to Sabah and Sarawak.”
He said part of Maximus’s duties included the implementation of what has already been agreed to by the Special Cabinet Committee to review MA63.
“On top of that, we have also set up a special committee which is jointly chaired by Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz and myself to ensure the implementation of Petronas’s settlement with the Sarawak government over the sales tax on petroleum products .”
“We are working hard to resolve the issues, we do not make promises one day and find excuses another day. If there is an issue we find a solution.
“The sales tax on petroleum products is a good example. At the federal level, we looked for a win-win situation and both Petronas and Sarawak came to an amicable conclusion.”