MA63 discussions to commence soon: PM

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

KUCHING: The implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will be discussed soon, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said his administration seek to fulfil the aspirations of Sarawakians and Sabahans by setting up of a ministry for the purpose in the Prime Minister’s Department.

The Sabah and Sarawak Affairs Ministry is headed by Sabah’s Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili. His deputy is Sarawak’s Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib.

“I will call for a discussion on matters pertaining to MA63 and also the necessary constitutional amendment which may be re-tabled in Parliament soon. This is to fulfil the wishes of Sabahans and Sarawakians. This will be done at the soonest,” he told a press conference after chairing the first Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya yesterday.

Last year, the constitutional amendment Bill which was tabled by Pakatan Harapan (PH) was foiled after it failed to garner two-thirds majority from House members.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MPs decided to abstain from voting as it did not fulfil their request to add the words “pursuant to MA63” in the Federal Constitution.

GPS chairman and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg recently argued that the phrase must be added so that the Federal Constitution would refer to MA63.