Not too late for Malaya to make amends to Malaysia Agreement 1963

Sarawak State Assembly building

KUCHING: It is vital that the rights and status of Sarawak contained in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) be returned or restored, said political observer Datuk Peter Minos.

He said the ongoing efforts remedy the current situation through the proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution was the best thing to happen to Sarawak.

“It must be remembered that MA63 was the foundation of the formation of Malaysia by Sarawak, Sabah, Malaya and Singapore. If there was no MA63, there would be no Malaysia.

“It is never too late for the federal government and Malaya to make amends, which they are doing now. This is a very, very good start,” he said in a statement on Saturday (Oct 16).

Minos predicted that the aspirations of Sarawakians for the return of their rights under MA63 would be delivered sooner or later.

He lauded the efforts by fellow Sarawakian and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar on the issue.

“If this comes about (the return of the eroded rights), we must salute the federal government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and our own minister Wan Junaidi,” he said.

Minos said under MA63, Sarawak’s powers were vast, entitling it to millions in payment from the federal government for various purposes.

“The things mentioned in MA63 are bound to make Sarawak richer with more funds for development, enabling it to be more prosperous,” he said.

He added, looking back, the domination of Malaya in the federation should not have happened as it was done in bad faith, akin to bullying or suppression.

Minos said for Malaya, it should yield to Sarawak’s demands and return the eroded powers to the state as per MA63.

He feared that if the current situation persisted, it would create a bitter relationship which could lead to an eventual breakup.

“This is just hypothetical; but Sarawakians have been agitating for the rights to be returned under MA63 since the late chief minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem opened the door many years ago. This is the reality,” he said.