MIRI: Sarawak will continue to fights for its rights enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), asserted Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew.
He pointed out, that it was crucial for the future generations of Sarawakians to know about their rights and how the state played a crucial role together with Sabah in forming the federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963.
“The younger generation of Sabah and Sarawak should not forget how these two states played a significant role in the establishment of Malaysia … that Sabah and Sarawak did not join Malaysia, but helped form the federation.
“Hence, Sarawak and Sabah are equal partners in the formation of Malaysia.
“We must continue to fight for equal partner status and restore our eroded rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963(MA63),” he said after attending the Sarawak Public Communication Unit’s (Ukas) ‘Ziarah Semarak Kemerdekaan’ held at Canada Hill on Saturday.
He added, the fight for equal status which was started by former chief minister, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem (Tok Nan) in 2016, has become his legacy for the younger generation.
“… and our current Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has continued the fight to claim what rightfully belongs to Sarawak,” he said.
Earlier, Ting presented the Sarawak flag and Jalur Gemilang to seven representatives of local bikers who took part in the one-day programme.
Nearly 60 bikers from Kelab Sukan Rekreasi Permotoran Y15zr Miri; Geng Tayar Besar Miri; Santai Bikers Team Bekenu; Pelesit Selatan; Riders 30 Miri; Miri Rider Motorcycle Club and Miri Bikers Club participated in the event.