Fulfil MA63 vows, Pakatan told
Liow: Deliver manifesto promises to Sabah, Sarawak now
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.