Regaining Sarawak’s powers a key factor

KUCHING: The restoration of state rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will be a key consideration for Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) in the coalition agreement to be signed by parties in the new unity government, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

The agreement, said Fadillah, was currently being discussed by the party presidents.

“For me, as DPM, I’m entrusted by the Prime Minister to resolve issues relating to MA63 within a month. So, this will be my main focus to be discussed with the state government,” he told reporters when asked to comment on the coalition agreement yesterday.

On Monday, Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said the unity government would be signing a coalition agreement soon to ensure political stability.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) veteran Datuk Peter Minos said it was important for Sarawak to get back its powers under MA63.

PBB is the backbone party of GPS.

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