Professional bodies to be kept up to date on MA63 council progress, says Ongkili

KOTA KINABALU: Engagement with chambers and professional bodies here will be increased to provide them with updates on the Special Council on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MKMA63) meetings, says Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) said such engagements were crucial to ensure these bodies are kept in the know with regard to the work done, particularly related to restoring the rights of Sabahans and Sarawakians as enshrined in MA63.

"The council is chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin himself, with three working committees formed to oversee perennial issues affecting both Sabah and Sarawak, namely equal status, illegal immigrants and socio-economy.

"It involves a lot of policy, regulations and law changes, as well as amending state enactments. We have, to date, successfully reached breakthroughs on two major issues, and we hope to solve many more soon," said Ongkili.

The two breakthroughs are returning full authority and control over the administration of the Ligitan and Sipadan islands to Sabah and handing over the control and management of liquefied petroleum gas distribution to Sarawak.

Ongkili said this after receiving a call from the Registered Trustees of Sabah Action Body Advocating Rights (Sabar), led by its board of trustees chairman Datuk Dr Johan Arriffin Abdul Samad and board of directors chairman Datuk Henry Chok, at the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs Division office at Wisma SEDIA here on Thursday (April 29).

Ongkili took the opportunity to update the delegates on the progress of MKMA63 as well.

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