THE Sarawak government is only concerned what Prime Minister Najib Razak has to say about its efforts to reclaim its rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said Najib had publicly declared the state’s rights under the agreement would be returned and stressed the negotiations should be based on facts and not on emotions.
“I do not want to be emotional. It should not be a popularity game,” he told reporters after opening the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Zone 8 branch delegates meeting, in Sibu today.
Abang Johari said MA63 is a sacred and an international agreement under the Inter Governmental Committee (IGC).
“The first phase of negotiations in relation to administrative matters were agreed during the tenure of Tok Nan(late chief minister Adenan Satem ), and some had been implemented such as granting the mandate to the deputy public prosecutor to prosecute certain criminal cases.”
Abang Johari said the efforts to reclaim Sarawak’s rights were to secure the future of the state.
“We have entered the second phase of negotiations based on the Constitution, specifically, Article 112D and the maritime boundary which should be 12 nautical miles.”
He added Sarawak has evidence in the form of British colonial government documents brought back to London after the establishment of Malaysia.
The documents which were previously classified as secret and confidential were obtained by a team of lawmakers sent to London in July, led by Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring, Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.
Certain parties, in particular, the opposition regarded the Sarawak government’s efforts as mere play acting or “main wayang” with the Barisan Nasional ahead of the 14th general election.