SINGAPORE: The line-up of the Cabinet Special Committee on Malaysia Agreement (1963) will be announced after getting endorsement from the Federal Cabinet in its coming meeting, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Liew Vui Keong.
“So far, everything is going according to plan,” he said, adding that a memorandum on the matter had also been sent to the various federal ministries as well as Sabah and Sarawak governments for further suggestions and feedback,” said Liew.
According to Liew, the return of the status for both Sabah and Sarawak in accordance to the MA63 was one of the five pillars under the Pakatan Harapan manifesto.
Its main task was to review and propose measures to rectify the status of MA63 based on current legislation, he said when contacted here today.
He said the Cabinet Committee was a high-powered committee consisting of the country’s top leadership from the Peninsula and the two Bornean States.
“It’s reassuring for both Sabahans and Sarawakians to hear of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s recent remarks on MA63 when he said the government will revive the agreement made during Malaysia’s formation,” Liew said.
Tun Mahathir at a dialogue session during the ‘Future of the Bumiputera and Nation Congress 2018’ on Saturday also said the Pakatan Harapan government will ensure that Sabah and Sarawak receive the same benefits as other peninsular states.
Therefore, Liew said this showed the commitment of Pakatan Harapan government in restoring Sabah and Sarawak position to their rightful place, in line with the MA63.
The special committee will study and propose measures on the status of the Malaysia Agreement in the context of current legislation, efforts to improve public understanding of the Malaysia Agreement through the education system and implementation of the concept of federalism across the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.
It will also look into the rights of Sabah and Sarawak to natural resources, including oil and gas; administrative matters that can be delegated to the states; the amount of allocation within the rights of Sabah and Sarawak; and amendment to Article 1 of the Federal Constitution.
Liew is currently in Singapore leading a Malaysian delegation to the 39th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary (AIPA) for five days beginning Sept 3.
He is accompanied by the Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof and 17 other Member of Parliaments.
Ten Commonwealth countries were expected to attend the conference whereby its representatives have the chance to exchange views and work on draft resolutions on current issues.-SabahNewsToday