PN committed to uphold Sabah, Sarawak rights

Alexander Nanta Linggi

KUCHING: The Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government is committed to uphold the rights of Sabah and Sarawak enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Federal Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi said that it will also facilitate fruitful and focused discussions on the restoration of the rights.

“The MA63 Special Council was established to discuss issues related to the restoration of the rights of Sarawak and Sabah as enshrined in MA63.

“I attended the MA63 Special Council Meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last Tuesday.

“The meeting was attended by delegates from relevant federal government ministries, as well as the Sarawak and Sabah governments,” he said in a Facebook post today.

The two-hour meeting saw decisions made by the federal government to return the administration of the Sipadan and Ligitan islands to Sabah while Sarawak will have full control and management of its gas distribution again.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said there would be a “formal surrender” of the Sipadan and Ligitan islands to Sabah.

“The second matter is the handover of control and management of gas distribution to Sarawak under the Distribution of Gas Ordinance 2016, which will take effect on June 1,” said Ongkili.