KOTA KINABALU: A meeting between Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders paves the way for a political partnership to pursue issues of common interest.
PBS, led by its president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, and GPS, led by chairman, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, who is also Sarawak Chief Minister, metfor about an hour, and touched on several key issues concerning both states.
“We (PBS) are here to strengthen our networking with GPS by exploring and discussing common grounds to pursue ongoing efforts and cooperative arrangements as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” said Ongkili in a statement issued here after the meeting at the Chief Minister’s office at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Kuching on Thursday (Feb 14).
During the meeting, leaders from both sides also discussed future joint efforts by finding common interests, especially in defending the rights of both states and its people as contained in the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
“A working committee will also be formed between PBS and GPS to review the ground status of MA63, including its historical aspects, as well as the implementation and erosions of the agreement's contents,” he said.
The committee, he added, would also be reaching out to youths in Sabah and Sarawak through seminars and workshops.
“This is to allow the younger generation to be fully informed on the historical aspects of MA63, as well as the events that led to the formation of Malaysia,” he said.
Ongkili added that PBS was also in agreement with Sarawak’s stand on non-bargainable issues such as immigration, land and natural resources.
Also at the meeting were Sarawak Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.