Sabah Umno says MA63 announcement not what Sabahans want

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  • Tuesday, 20 Aug 2019

PUTRAJAYA: A Sabah Umno leader has decried the federal administration's announcement on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), claiming that what was decided is not what Sabahans want.

Acting Tuaran Umno division chief Datuk Seri Rahman Dahlan said that out that of the seven issues under the MA63 which had been resolved, none touched on the issue of oil royalty.

This was a critical matter for the state and people, he said.

Rahman, who is also an Umno supreme council member, said Sabah Umno wanted details of the discussions between Putrajaya and Sabah government to be made public.

"Since the Pakatan Harapan government and state government led by Parti Warisan Sabah proudly claim that they are transparent, they should let the people know what the state is demanding from the Federal Government.

"We also want a select committee under the state assembly, whose members must also include Opposition members, to be formed to ensure what is achieved under MA63 does not deviate from what Pakatan and Warisan had promised the people of Sabah," he said on Tuesday (Aug 20).

Rahman said even though the statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said that an agreement had been reached regarding demand for export duties on timber and forest product, the matter had already been approved in 2017 by the Barisan Nasional government.

On Sabah and Sarawak being given jurisdiction to oversee matters relating to electricity and gas distribution, he claimed no decision had actually been made on the matter.

"On Sabah being granted administrative power over Pulau Sipadan and Ligitan, specifically relating to tourism, this does not have any great effect on the state, which already have existing authority over the two islands," he said.

The PMO, in a statement on Monday (Aug 19), said seven issues raised by both Borneo states had been resolved under the MA63 review as of July 23.

The remaining 14 issues submitted by Sabah and Sarawak to a Special Cabinet Committee would require further discussion and was expected to be decided by Aug 31.

The Pakatan manifesto for the 14th General Election last year contained 60 pledges which the coalition promised to fulfil in five years if voted into power.

The 40th promise was titled "Setting up a Special Cabinet Committee to immediately review and implement the Malaysia Agreement 1963".

The Federal Government agreed to set up the committee on Sept 5 last year and held its first meeting on Dec 17, with 21 issues presented for study and scrutiny.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad chaired the fourth meeting on July 23.

Although Pakatan pledged to honour the full rights of the two states, the Dewan Rakyat in April failed to meet the necessary two-thirds majority required to restore Sabah and Sarawak to its original status under MA63, which saw only 138 out of 222 lawmakers supporting the move.

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