Datuk Idris Buang

KUCHING: The onus is on the Consultative Committee on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) to provide input pertaining to the terms of a new agreement between Sarawak and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas).

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang said until then there is no need for other individuals or organisations to get involved or insert themselves into the issue.

“The committee will have input from legal and political experts from the government and other stakeholders particularly the State Attorney General and the State Legal Advisor,” he said.

He was responding to a joint statement by three state lawmakers urging the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker to call for a meeting of the committee to discuss the issue.

Last Saturday, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, Tanjung Batu assemblyman Chiew Chiu Sing and Bukit Assek assemblywoman Irene Mary Chang said that would be the best avenue to discuss the state’s arrangement with the corporation.

“I agree that it is up to the Speaker to get the committee to discuss the issue brought up by See in his motion during the May 11 assembly sitting.

“I think that is the right move as the chief minister and other top leaders had agreed to hand over the matter to the committee,” he told New Sarawak Tribune in a telephone interview yesterday.

Idris said findings by the committee would be used to advise the government on its next course of action as the understanding reached by the state government and Petronas was not final.

“In law it’s called ‘subject to’; it had not been finalised. As assured by the chief minister, no rights of the state were transferred or conceded,” he said.