Sarawak will continue to fight for rights under MA63, says CM

Abang Johari Openg speaks to reporters after the groundbreaking ceremony for the Telok Melano mosque in Kuching, Sarawak, today.

KUCHING: Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today gave an assurance the state government will continue to fight to regain the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“There are still outstanding issues that we’ll have to discuss, and we’ll continue to pursue them,” he said at a press conference after the groundbreaking ceremony for the Telok Melano mosque.

Abang Johari said currently, the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak affairs) was looking into the unresolved issues as the special Cabinet committee to review the implementation of MA63 had been abolished.

“The Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak affairs) has been established under its minister, Maximus Ongkili,” he said.

“We will wait for the official meeting, and when we come to that, I will consult the Sarawak state legislative assembly’s consultative committee.”

Last December, it was reported that a mutual agreement had been reached on 17 of 21 matters tabled by the Sarawak and Sabah governments at the special Cabinet committee’s meeting to review the implementation of MA63.

The remaining four issues, which have yet to be resolved, are oil royalty and cash payment for petroleum, oil minerals and oil fields, the Territorial Sea Act and the Continental Shelf Act.