Datuk Aloysius Dris

KUCHING: Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak (YPS) said the Special Council on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is sufficient to monitor the review implementation of the agreement and efforts to restore the rights of Sarawakians.

Its chief executive Datuk Aloysius Dris said the discussion on MA63 should be left to the special council instead of establishing another parliamentary-level committee which would seem redundant.

“A Parliamentary Select Committee is not necessary for now as having the council would suffice.

“Let them complete their process without hindrance in order to achieve the desired result which is already in sight,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He expressed confidence in the special council’s abilities to realise the objective of restoring the spirit of MA63.

He said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government has proven that their efforts and their hearts lie with the interests of the people.

“The GPS government, thus far, has been able to read the situation and the socio-political climate in order to achieve what is best for the people of Sarawak.

“For instance, the GPS government has recently assisted with the building of the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) Complex which will not only benefit Unifor but also the general public as the new complex will have facilities for exhibitions, seminars, weddings and other functions.

“In addition to that, the spacious outdoor concourse can be used for festivities and religious prayers. This will not only strengthen unity among Sarawakians but also enhance inter-faith relation within Unifor and others,” he pointed out.

On Aug 10, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib told the Dewan Rakyat that the government was in the final stage of finalising the composition in the special council to review the implementation of the MA63.

She said the special council would be chaired by the prime minister and its members would include the chief ministers of Sarawak and Sabah, and representatives from the federal, Sabah and Sarawak governments.

She also said there was no need to set up a parliamentary committee to monitor the implementation of MA63 with Sabah and Sarawak.