KUCHING: The federal government would be better off continuing the previous Special Committee on the implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) rather than forming a new council for the purpose.
In stressing this, Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said in the last committee, 17 out of 21 issues were agreed upon by the federal and state governments.
“So my question is why the need to form a whole new committee all over again.
“Just finalise the four other things that have yet to be decided and implement the 17 other things that had already been agreed on,” he said yesterday.
He was responding to the announcement by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to form a Special Council on MA63 to discuss the return of Sabah and Sarawak’s rights.
“For me, there is already a Special Cabinet Committee formed under PH (Pakatan Harapan) which consists of both Chief Minister of Sabah and Sarawak and leaders from both states, legal experts, academicians and activists.”
Dr Yii said if the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government is serious about restoring Sarawak’s rights, the findings of the past Cabinet Committee must be revealed to the public.
“On top of that, PN decided not to form the bi-partisan Parliamentary Select Committee to monitor the implementation of MA63 that was agreed under PH.
“All these are our rights and affects all of us here. We should be allowed to monitor, and to scrutinise what was discussed and agreed on.
“This is as well as not allowing the mistakes of the past where the rights were taken away without consultation with the people.”
Dr Yii said PN’s refusal to continue the programmes under the PH government showed that they were not serious about returning Sarawak’s rights.
“This is clearly an attempt to delay it, and give a sweet promise before the elections.
“What they are doing is just stalling the process of restoring the two states’ special rights and a delaying tactic towards realising the devolution of autonomous powers to Sarawak and Sabah.”