Unan­i­mous aye to spe­cial task force

All state law­mak­ers agree for high level team to ne­go­ti­ate on state’s rights un­der MA63

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KUCH­ING: The state gov­ern­ment has been given the man­date to form a high level spe­cial task­force to ne­go­ti­ate with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to re­solve all out­stand­ing is­sues re­lat­ing to the com­pli­ance and up­hold­ing of the con­sti­tu­tional safe­guards and spe­cial rights ac­corded to the state of Sarawak in ac­cor­dance with the terms, in­tent and spirit of the Malaysia Agree­ment, 1963.

The man­date was given after all mem­bers of the au­gust House voted to ap­prove the Min­is­te­rial Mo­tion on Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 and mat­ters re­lated there­after moved by Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas.

The mo­tion was sec­onded by Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Mas­ing.

Four mem­ber s f rom the op­po­si­tion - See Chee How ( PKR-Batu Lin­tang), Wong King Wei ( DAP-Padun­gan), Chong Chieng Jen ( DAP-Kota Sen­tosa) and Baru Bian ( PKR-Ba Ke­lalan) - and two from the Barisan Na­sional ( BN) Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian ( BN-Batu Kawa) and Datu Pen­guang Mang­gil (BN-Marudi) par­tic­i­pated in the de­bate.

In mov­ing the mo­tion, Ug­gah recalled that in De­cem­ber 2015, the au­gust House passed a mo­tion, in­tro­duced by Baleh assem­bly­man Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Mas­ing, to man­date the state gov­ern­ment to take all nec­es­sary mea­sures un­der the said Ar­ti­cle VIII of the Malaysia Agree­ment for the com­plete im­ple­men­ta­tion of all rec­om­men­da­tions in the In­ter-Gov­ern­men­tal Com­mit­tee ( IGC) Re­port and the safe­guards of the spe­cial in­ter­ests of the state and

Whilst agree­ment has been reached on some of the is­sues and re­solved through ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion, some im­por­tant con­sti­tu­tional and fi­nan­cial is­sues have yet to be sat­is­fac­to­rily re­solved. Datuk Amar Dou­glas Ug­gah Em­bas, Deputy Chief Min­is­ter

its peo­ple.

He said after the mo­tion, the state gov­ern­ment had taken the mea­sures to­wards re­al­i­sa­tion of the ob­jec­tives set out therein.

“Whilst agree­ment has been reached on some of the is­sues and re­solved through ad­min­is­tra­tive ac­tion, some im­por­tant con­sti­tu­tional and fi­nan­cial is­sues have yet to be sat­is­fac­to­rily re­solved,” he said.

Ug­gah pointed out that to re­in­force the state’s po­si­tion on these un­re­solved is­sues, the state gov­ern­ment felt that it was in­cum­bent to gather as much doc­u­men­tary evidence to en­sure the state has a strong le­gal po­si­tion to fa­cil­i­tate ne­go­ti­a­tions with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

He said in this re­spect, it was im­por­tant to have sight of orig­i­nal copies of these doc­u­ments.

“These are only avail­able in the Bri­tish Na­tional Ar­chives. We have pro­cured, cer­ti­fied and au­then­ti­cated copies of these im­por­tant doc­u­ments.

“Thus, a team headed by the As­sis­tant Min­is­ter and Mem­ber for Se­mar­i­ang was sent to Lon­don for this im­por­tant pur­pose.

“It is with­out doubt that the state is now in a stronger ne­go­ti­at­ing po­si­tion fol­low­ing the re­trieval and con­fir­ma­tion of the avail­abil­ity of rel­e­vant doc­u­ments,” he said.

Aside from Sarawak’s rights as en­shrined in the MA63, Ug­gah also touched on other con­sti­tu­tional is­sues there­after such as bound­aries of Sarawak, oil mining rights and state laws as well as Ter­ri­to­rial Sea Act, 2012.

Ug­gah said the resolution of the im­por­tant le­gal and con­sti­tu­tional is­sues he had high­lighted in the mo­tion must also be un­der­taken by the high­est lev­els at both fed­eral and state lev­els.

He noted t hat t he s tate gov­ern­ment would humbly re­quest the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to es­tab­lish a cor­re­spond­ing task­force, so as to fa­cil­i­tate the resolution of these is­sues am­i­ca­bly and in the na­tional in­ter­ests with the state’s in­ter­ests and rights prop­erly safe­guarded and en­trenched.

He said the pass­ing of this mo­tion should not in any way be mis­in­ter­preted or con­strued to mean that the state was will­ing to sacrifice and jeop­ar­dise the con­tin­ued ex­is­tence of Malaysia as a na­tion.

“We re­spect and honour the de­ci­sion of our past lead­ers for our beloved state to be part of Malaysia and we will al­ways re­main in Malaysia. Let there be no doubt about this fact,” he em­pha­sised.

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