Agreement marks new chapter in nation’s history

Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman

KUCHING: The agreement signed by the federal government and Pakatan Harapan on Monday (Sept 13) marks a new chapter in the nation’s history, says Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman.

The Tupong assemblyman said the deal would facilitate a conducive investment climate to propel strong economic growth in the country.

Fazzrudin, who is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu deputy youth chief, said the agreement was also in tandem with the decree by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for politicians to set aside their differences, and to practise consensus democracy.

He noted that among the key areas underlined under the deal were strengthening the Covid-19 recovery plan, administrative transformation, renewal of Parliament, independence of the judiciary, Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), and formation of a steering committee.

He expressed hope that greater emphasis could be placed on returning Sarawak’s rights under MA63.

“With the bipartisan support on this issue, the process can be expedited with a more inclusive approach.”

He said it was no secret that the constant politicking that led to political turmoil had impacted foreign investor confidence in the nation.

“It goes without saying, if the nation does well, Sarawak will too.

“I expect that with the stability that we will achieve through this deal, the recovery process can be expedited and benefit those who are affected by the pandemic crisis.”

The opposition, he said, should also play their role in the nation’s recovery, adding that both the government and the opposition should have the people’s best interest at heart.

Fazzrudin believed that diplomacy was always an avenue that should be taken into consideration in the system of governance where negotiations and consultation should be a common practice to seek a win-win solution.

“It restores the faith of the people in our political and democratic system and instil the value of political maturity and shows that cooler heads do prevail during a crisis.”