RANAU: Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal says Sabahans deserve to know the state’s full rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and whether any of those rights have been overlooked or totally ignored.
He said his party supported Sarawak’s plans to send a legal team to London to learn more about MA63.
“We also want to see whether there’s been a breach of the agreement. There’s been a lot of demands from both states and their people on their rights under MA63.
“We need to look at MA63 from the legal aspects and see if there’s a need for us to look deeper,” he said at Warisan’s Harvest Festival-cum-Hari Raya celebration here late last week.
The Sarawak government plans to send a legal team to the United Kingdom (UK) to search for and study source materials related to the formation of Malaysia by the UK, the then Federation of Malaya, North Borneo (now Sabah), Sarawak and Singapore in 1963.
The team will be led by state assistant minister for Law, Federal-State Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.
Shafie, who is the Semporna MP, insisted that Sabahans also needed to know the extent of Sabah’s rights that might have been breached or totally disregarded.
“There are lots of things in the agreement — revenue rights, how many kilometres (offshore) are (considered) within Sabah’s rights, the percentage of tax income due to Sabah, language and the appointment of officers.”
Shafie said knowing Sabah’s full rights and any possible breach of those rights would benefit Sabahans and future generations.
“We need to know our real position so that this matter does not shackle our future generations. We can only put this matter to rest when we know our full rights.
“We can’t rest if we don’t know whether there’s been a breach of the agreement. If there is, we need to know in which area. That’s why we need to study this in detail.”