Ful­fil MA63 vows, Pakatan told

Liow: De­liver man­i­festo prom­ises to Sabah, Sarawak now

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By MUGUNTAN VANAR vmugu@thes­tar.com.my

KOTA KINABALU: Pakatan Hara­pan must de­liver im­me­di­ately to Sabah and Sarawak its prom­ises to ful­fil the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 (MA63) as it was part of their elec­tion man­i­festo, MCA pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said.

He said Pakatan had in­cluded the MA63 and 20% oil roy­alty for Sabah and Sarawak among its 10-point elec­tion pledges that were sup­posed to be de­liv­ered within 100 days of gov­ern­ing.

So far, none has been ful­filled for the two states.

“They should de­liver what is promised,” he said af­ter open­ing the Sabah MCA con­ven­tion yes­ter­day.

Liow said the MA63 was an im­por­tant doc­u­ment that brought Sabah, Sarawak and Penin­su­lar Malaysia to come to­gether to form a fed­er­a­tion.

“We in MCA sup­ported the 20-point safe­guards (un­der MA63) and in­creased oil roy­alty raised by the Sabah peo­ple. When we (Barisan Na­sional) were in gov­ern­ment, we agreed to give what­ever is due to Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

Some of the rights were taken away pre­vi­ously dur­ing Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s time.

“We agreed that it should be given back,” he said.

“Now that they are the gov­ern­ment at the fed­eral level and work­ing closely with the Warisan state gov­ern­ment, they should im­ple­ment it im­me­di­ately.

“MA63 is a se­ri­ous doc­u­ment. Their prom­ises must be kept. They them­selves said they could do it within 100 days,” he said. Liow said he had asked Sabah MCA lead­ers to con­tinue press­ing the cur­rent gov­ern­ment to de­liver state rights and other prom­ises made to the peo­ple.

Sabah MCA, he said, re­mained a rel­e­vant party that would work to­wards en­sur­ing the rights of the peo­ple in Sabah were safe­guarded.

On the Tunku Ab­dul Rah­man Univer­sity Col­lege new cam­pus here, Liow said it would be com­pleted as sched­uled by the end of the year.

“It will be able to take up to 5,000 stu­dents. Ed­u­ca­tion tran­scends pol­i­tics. We will con­tinue to help meet the ed­u­ca­tion needs of Saba­hans,” he said.

Eastern prom­ises: Liow be­ing greeted by party mem­bers at the Sabah MCA con­ven­tion in Kota Kinabalu.

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