Wan Junaidi promises to look after MA63 rights

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING: New Minister in Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Parliament and Law, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has assured that rights of Sabah and Sarawak will be protected under his purview.

The Santubong MP, who replaces Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan of Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), said, “On my appointment as the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), I take this responsibility that has been entrusted upon me seriously.

“I hope this will provide me with the opportunity bring about reforms in parliament as well as legal structure in the government in order to be more current and relevant to suit today’s political landscape.

“In line with this, I will also make it a priority to ensure that the rights of the people in Sabah and Sarawak will be looked after, as per stated under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” he said in a statement on Friday (Aug 27).

Wan Junaidi was the only Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) full minister who had his portfolio changed from Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister in the last Cabinet under the leadership of former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

The other three GPS Ministers — Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi and Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri — retained their portfolios in the new line-up.

The veteran lawyer thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for appointing his to the position in the federal Cabinet.

“Although some have been reassigned to new portfolios, I am indeed glad to see many familiar faces from the previous cabinet line-up have been retained.

“This is an indication that the premier wants to see continuity in efforts that have already been put in place, namely, on three areas of priority – fighting Covid-19, reviving the economy as taking care of the rakyat’s wellbeing,” he said.

Wan Junaidi added those handpicked to spearhead the ministries had been given 100 days to produce results upon assuming their duties.

“The premier is indeed serious when he says that this new cabinet line-up serves as his management team to work with the people,” he said.