By Emma Victoria
SARAWAK United People’s Party has urged the federal government to be transparent in solving matters relating to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Its Youth secretary general, Milton Foo said Minister for Sabah and Sarawak affairs, Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili must make public, the findings by the MA63 Special Cabinet Committee.
“I was shocked and taken aback that the Minister had refused to disclose the final report.
The boggling question – is this a collective decision made by the federal cabinet or the Special Cabinet Committee? Has this decision passed through Parliament?” he said in a statement.
“The mere contention by the federal government alleging that the said final report was “carrying official secret status” or on “technicality issues” have no legal basis,” he said.
“The people, especially Sarawakians have the right to know the implementations of MA63. Otherwise, how are we supposed to know the progress, namely what has been reviewed and implemented?”
“If the matters concern national security, threat to the stability of the nation, then it is understandable as to the secrecy of such a document. However, this is not the case,” he said.
Foo said for the federal government to conceal the report and sweep it under the rug was indeed an act of denial and encroachment to the rights of Sabahans and Sarawakians in their legitimate expectation for the outcome of the said review.
“We must hold on to the MA63 Agreement as it grants the people of the two states the fundamental rights as a Sabahan and Sarawakian for many more generations to come.
“Hence, I urged the PN government to be transparent in solving matters relating to the MA63, which has been on-going for 57 years. Only with such transparency and effort, will it fully reflect the intentiosn of the people for a better Sarawak,” he added