More to come on MA63 rights

Datuk Gerawat Gala

KUCHING: State Legislative Assembly (DUN) deputy speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala expects other milestone achievements as deliberations in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Special Council progresses.

“The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will continue to achieve success in pursuit of our rights under the Federal Constitution, MA63 and Intergovernmental Committee Report (IGC),” he said.

He was commenting on the Federal government’s decision to accord Sarawak full control and management of its gas distribution during the recent MA63 Special Council meeting.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili said the handover of control and management of gas distribution to Sarawak under the Distribution of Gas Ordinance 2016 would take effect on June 1.

Two papers were tabled during the meeting held via video conferencing last Wednesday. The first concerned the proposed constitutional amendments under Article 1 (2) and Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution, which deals with the definition of the federation.

On this, Gerawat said the discussions pertaining to the constitutional amendments were more comprehensive and substantive compared to the superficial amendment previously proposed by Pakatan Harapan federal government.

“That was the reason why GPS MPs abstained from voting for the amendment when it was tabled by PH in Parliament.

“I am honoured to be appointed as a member of the MA63 Special Council which is chaired by the Prime Minister. I expect some milestone achievements as the deliberations progress,” he said.

The recent two-hour meeting was chaired by the Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and attended by chief ministers of Sabah and Sarawak, Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor and Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg respectively.