Support state’s bid to return eroded MA63 rights

Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin speaks during his address. Photo: JAPEN

KUCHING: Sarawakians must remain united and support the state government’s bid to restore eroded rights enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement (MA63).

In making this call, Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin said it was pertinent that the state’s demand to the federal government on MA63 was made in one voice.

“Under the MA63, Sarawak has special rights that can no longer be questioned or disputed. Among them; the use of English, special powers on immigration, power over financial matters and tariffs and many more.

“In this regard, we are very grateful to the chief minister as he firmly continues to discuss and make every effort to ensure that the federal government restores these privileges.

“Therefore, as Sarawakians who have faith in the government, we must all continue to be united and have one voice to support him in the struggle,” he said at the state-level Malaysia Day celebration on Thursday (Sept 16).

“With a high level of trust from the people, the Sarawak government will be more focused and able to carry out its duties to protect the destiny of Sarawakians and strive towards excellence to achieve a high income position by 2030,” said Lee, who is also in charge of Thursday’s Malaysia Day do.

The Senadin assemblyman said Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s track record spoke for itself, with various initiatives done by the state government to help the people regardless of race, religion or socioeconomic status.

He said the chief minister’s emphasis on development had led to the establishment of development agencies throughout the state.

“All this and many more are very clear examples of what our chief minister has done to uplift the rakyat’s standard of living.”

Similarly, Lee also lauded the contributions of Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who had implemented various developments during his time as chief minister that had contributed to the state’s economy and led to creation of job opportunities.