KOTA KINABALU: Newly appointed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department in charge of Sabah and Sarawak Affairs Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili (pic) should seek immediate implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963, says a Sabah party leader.
"His appointment would be of great service to Sabah and Sarawak if he can seek the immediate implementation of all the obligations under MA63," said Sabah Rights Party president Datuk James Ligunjang.
He said the various obligations of the Federal Government to Sabah and Sarawak as stipulated under various agreements, including the Inter Governmental Commission (IGC 1962) report, MA63 and the Federal Constitution, should be implemented.
"There should be immediate implementation of the financial obligations of the Federal Government under the various agreements including the Constitution," Ligunjang said.
Federal obligations to Sabah under Malaysia Agreement include the return of 40% of all revenue taken from Sabah, among others.
In congratulating Ongkili, he said even though Ongkili's portfolio had yet to be clearly stipulated, it was understood that he was to oversee the implementation of state rights for the two Borneo states in the federation.
He said the financial provisions of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 were the primary basis of Sabah and Sarawak agreeing to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia in 1963.
"It remains unfulfilled to this day causing both Sabah and Sarawak to be left behind in all aspects of development.
"The financial obligations contained in the Malaysia Agreement can no longer be denied and deferred in its implementation," added Ligunjang whose pro-tem party is set to merge with three other local parties that will be led by former foreign minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
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