Datuk Peter Minos

KUCHING: The federal government must cut the red tape and return Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) without delay.

A political observer said Sarawak had been waiting for far too long for this.

Datuk Peter Minos said sadly, it looked like another committee would be coming up to oversee the issue, and more time would be used and more waiting would be made.

“We agree with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s latest call on the matter, during his speech at the national-level Malaysia Day celebration in Sibu … that the rights and powers be returned and restored as soon as possible.”

Minos said Sarawakians could and would wait, but not for too long, adding, “Let’s say, by next Malaysia Day or before, it will be tolerable but no longer. Patience may be running out.” 

He said Sarawak’s powers and rights under MA63 are not only fundamental and basic. 

“They are what made Sarawak help in the creation of Malaysia in 1963 in the very first place.

“Without that legal agreement and instrument, Malaysia would not have come about and exist. So honour the terms and conditions of MA63 and that will make Malaysians happy, especially Sarawakians and Sabahans.

“If not, there is perpetual unhappiness, even some resentment,” he said.