KUCHING: The decisions made in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Special Council meeting was not new and had been agreed upon under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.
In stressing this, Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii pointed out that 17 items were agreed upon in the Pakatan Harapan Special Cabinet Committee on MA63.
“This was Item (ii) on the 17 out of the 21 items,” he said, referring to the MA63 Special Council’s decision to accord Sarawak full control and management of its gas distribution.
Dr Yii said the big announcement by the federal government on the decisions in the MA63 Special Council was merely to implement what was agreed upon under PH more than a year ago.
“Maybe this is why they (are) putting the final report of MA63 under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) so they can make sure announcements and claim credit for it,” he said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
Earlier, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili said Sarawak will have full control and management of its gas distribution again.
He said the federal government will return the administration of the Sipadan and Ligitan islands to Sabah.
At the same time, the federal minister also refuted the Pakatan Harapan administration’s claim of having resolved 17 out of 21 issues about MA63.
“They (PH) claimed that of the 21 issues raised, 17 have been addressed – actually this is not true. There was no ultimate decision except for at least two or four issues in Sabah including forestry,” he said.
He said commitments were made on the issues but no policies, laws and regulations were implemented to give effect to the commitments.