Yii urges govt to reveal details on MA63 negotiation

By Emma Victoria

BANDAR Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii has urged the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili to disclose the progress in restoring Sabah and Sarawak rights as listed under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in the Parliament next month.

Dr Yii said he believed the issue was of public interest as the people wanted to know the long standing issues that has deprived the two states of what was rightfully theirs.

“Our people have the right to know the details and progress of the negotiations, as well as the development and socioeconomic advancement of those in the Borneo states. Thus, I have submitted a few questions to Parliament for the upcoming session,” he said.

“Maximus Johnity had said that his main task was to solve issues on the MA63 within six months. But it has been more than six months and nothing has happened,” he said in a statement.

In July, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister from Sarawak Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar also claimed that that there would be an announcement in September on the matter.

“However, until now we have not heard of any of such announcement and little is known on what had been discussed in that committee,” he said.

On the contrary, Yii said the Perikatan Nasional government had decided to put the report by Special Cabinet Committee on MA63 that was done during the Pakatan Harapan administration under the Official Secrets Act despite 17 out of the 21 items being agreed upon.

The PN government, he said, even shelved the formation of a MA63 parliamentary select committee that was agreed upon to monitor the implementation of the said agreements.

“Our rights and the spirit of the formation of Malaysia should not be treated as if it can cause national harm or disorder, for it to be placed under OSA.”