KUCHING: Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi has castigated Democratic Action Party (DAP) Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii for stirring up the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) issue.
He said promises to return the state rights under MA63 by Pakatan Harapan (PH) such as returning 50 percent of the tax collected in Sarawak was not fulfilled when PH was in power.
“Sarawakians often ask, during the PH federal government tenure for 22 months, what was its contribution to Sarawak and where were the promises?
“What was the spirit of MA63 that the PH government negotiated and successfully implemented for the people of Sarawak?” Nanta asked during his ministerial winding-up speech in the Dewan Rakyat.
The Kapit MP asked Dr Yii where he was during the PH tenure and whether he had fought for the people of Sarawak when DAP was in the ruling government.
“Don’t throw stones and hide your hand afterwards. The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others,” he said.
Nanta said as a Sarawak parliamentarian, he was upset with the Bandar Kuching MP’s statement, and it was his responsibility to criticise the allegations that was aimed at tarnishing the good state-federal relations.
“I appreciate the trust given to me by former premier Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and current Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to carry the trust as the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs,” he added.