Thursday, April 15, 2021

MA63

Decisions agreed upon under PH

KUCHING: The decisions made in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Special Council meeting was not new and had been agreed upon under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government. In stressing this, Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin...

PN committed to uphold Sabah, Sarawak rights

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...

More to come on MA63 rights

KUCHING: State Legislative Assembly (DUN) deputy speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala expects other milestone achievements as deliberations in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Special Council progresses. “The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will continue to achieve success in pursuit of our rights...

Sabah to have sovereign rights on Sipadan, Ligitan

KOTA KINABALU: The Special Council on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MKMA63) has agreed to hand over the administration of Sipadan and Ligitan islands to Sabah, while Sarawak will have full control and management of its gas distribution. Minister in the Prime...

Abang Johari firm on amending Article 160(2)

MIRI: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on Monday reiterated his stand on amending Article 160(2) of the Federal Constitution as presently the interpretation the word “Federation” still refers to the federation established under the Federation of...

Telecommunications issues talked over

KUCHING: The Socio-Economic Working Committee under the Special Council on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) has discussed specific issues related to telecommunications. The online meeting, which was held for the third time yesterday (Apr 6), was attended by Deputy Chief Minister...

Dr Sim takes note of Muhyiddin’s ‘wilayah’ remark

KUCHING: The Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s recent reference to Sarawak as a ‘wilayah’ (region) instead of ‘negeri’ (state) marked a significant step towards the state’s objective of achieving its constitutional status as one of the three regions...

PM says Sarawak, Sabah will get equal treatment under MA63

KUCHING: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin has given his assurance that Sabah and Sarawak will be treated fairly and equally as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).  He justified his assurance by highlighting the establishment of the  Special Council on MA63 to discuss in depth MA63 matters.  “A meeting will be held in the middle of this month and we will get the reports from the working committee of which I will be chairing later on,” he told reporters today (April 2).  He said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and other state leaders including those from Sabah would be present during the meeting.  “This is why the Special Council on MA63 is important as it shows the commitment and efforts of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government to help resolve some of the long-standing issues,” he said.  Under the Special Council on MA63 three committees namely,  Allies Working Committee, Sabah and Sarawak Security Working Committee and Socio-Economic Working Committee have been formed.  The prime minister said his two-day visit to Sarawak had led him to understand better the needs of Sarawak and its people.  “I understand that there are several main issues that need to be given attention, and in the 12th Malaysia Plan (12th MP), we will take into consideration especially the physical development such as the Pan Borneo Highway project and internet connectivity facilities.  “This is because we feel that such facilities need to be completed earlier than the schedule set,” he said.  Muhyiddin added that with the close ties between the PN and Sarawak governments, the state would be able to develop fast in a 10-year period which is the deadline set for Sarawak to become one of the most developed regions in the country.  “With that, I believe Sarawak will continue to grow and advance. And I am confident that the people in Sarawak are satisfied and God willing they will render their full support to the present leadership,” he said.  Earlier, the prime minister visited the new surgical day care centre at Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). He was accompanied by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.  According to a media release, the new day care centre would be the first ever in Sarawak under a government hospital after the federal government approved SGH’s upgrading project by a concession company through a private financing initiative (Swiss Challenge). The project was the result of the efforts by the Ministry of Health (MoH) which signed a concession agreement with Asaljuru Weida Sdn Bhd (AVWSB) on April 28, 2017 to build the block – Meditel Block – and a multi-storey parking block costing RM351 million. It is expected to be completed in June this year after a slight delay following the implementation of the  movement control order (MCO) to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new day care centre will house a total of 64 beds, seven surgical rooms, three endoscopy rooms and one Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) room. It is expected that an estimated 100 patients will be able to be treated a day at the new centre. This will help SGH reduce the backlog cases of treatment that can be implemented in the day care centre such as 80 percent of paediatric dentistry cases, 30 to 40 percent of paediatric surgeries, 30 to 40 percent of minor OT cases and reducing an estimated one year waiting time, and 15 to 30 percent of general surgery cases. In addition, the federal government through the MoH has agreed to provide an allocation of RM5 million to SGH for the procurement of critical medical equipment as well as an allocation of RM2 million for the procurement of irradiator equipment for the use of the Transfusion Services Department and Blood Bank in the Intensive Care Center Block. The equipment is much needed in the hospital for irradiation of blood products for patients in need to prevent Transfusion Associated Graft Versus Host Disease (TA-GVHD). Operating since 1931, SGH is the only tertiary referral centre for the entire state out of the 23 existing hospitals staewide. 

Sarawak a region, not a state

KUCHING: “Sarawak is not a state, it is a ‘wilayah’ (region).” This was declared by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who openly showed his recognition of Sarawak as one of the three regions of Malaysia as enshrined in the...

Sarawak to pursue constitutional amendment

KUCHING: Sarawak will pursue the amendment to Article 160(2) of the Federal Constitution on the interpretation of the phrase ‘Federation’ which should refer to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the law...
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