Previous discussions on MA63 to be continued, says Sarawak CM

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.

KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg says previous discussions on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will be continued by the new Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

“According to the senior ministers, they will continue whatever was discussed by the Cabinet special committee to review the implementation of MA63.

“Everything will be carried forward. We won’t start all over again,” he said when met after the launching of the state level fatwa seminar here today.

Last December, it was reported that 17 out of 21 matters tabled by the Sabah and Sarawak governments at a Cabinet special committee meeting to review the implementation of MA63 had been jointly approved with some already in the process of implementation.

“We want these to be resolved immediately. The matter can’t be delayed,” Abang Johari said.

He also said they had decided not to add the phrase “in pursuant to Malaysia Agreement 1963” in Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution.

Instead, he said, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) had proposed the amendment of Article 160(2) concerning the definition of the “federation”.

“Amending Article 160(2) alone would give force to the content of the MA63 agreement,” he added.

Previously, Abang Johari said GPS wanted the wording in Article 1(2) to be changed because the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government had refused to amend Article 160(2).

He said it was up to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to retable the constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with the peninsula.

Abang Johari also said he was satisfied with the new Cabinet line-up, describing it as “good”.

“We have four full ministers, including a senior minister.

“We also have a minister in charge of Sabah and Sarawak affairs. I think it is good and part of what we wanted,” he said.