Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has assured Sarawakians that the discussion on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will pick up where it left off.

The special committee meeting to review the implementation of MA63, which was chaired by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, would continue, said Abang Johari.

“I understand that it will be continued, from what I have been told by our senior minister (Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof).

“They are continuing that discussion and we want to finish it fast, no more delays. What has been agreed before will be carried forward. It will not start all over,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters when met after officiating the state-level fatwa seminar at Dewan Majma here yesterday.

Abang Johari said he was pleased with the representation of Sarawakians in the Cabinet line-up of the new Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government.

“We have four full ministers and one senior minister,” he said.

Asked on the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs Ministry under the Prime Minister’s Department, Abang Johari said it was done at the request of GPS.

“This is because of MA63, and now there is minister to look after this, its implementation and what has been agreed, so it is good and part of what we wanted,” he said.

To a question on Progressive Democratic Party president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing’s decision to reject his deputy minister post, Abang Johari said this was normal and that Tiong would be meeting the Prime Minister later in the day.