Additional agreement may be considered to incorporate MA63 nonconformities and broken promises, says Ongkili

Datuk Seri Maximus Johnity Ongkili said an additional agreement could be considered to incorporate the non-compliances and broken promises of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63). — Photo from Bernama file

Saturday 09 Jul 2022 21:29 MYT

LABUAN, July 9 – Instead of a new agreement with Malaysia, an additional agreement could be considered to incorporate the non-compliances and broken promises of the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 (MA63), the Minister said from the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr. Maxime Ongkili.

He said the Special Council on MA63 (MKMA63) could discuss the idea of ​​a supplementary agreement incorporating what some academics have called the “New Deal for Sarabah” (Sabah and Sarawak), as part of efforts to strengthen Malaysia.

“An additional deal is possible, which culminates on what MKMA63 has been tackling over the past two years,” he said during a dialogue with the Labuan China Chamber of Commerce and Kadazandusun Chambers and Industries. here today.

“This pathway and provision is also provided for in Article VIII of MA63, which states that Sabah and Sarawak may take their own measures to apply and implement MA63, without having to amend the Federal Constitution,” Ongkili said.

He quoted Article VIII of MA63 (in part), which reads: “The Governments of Federation Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak shall take such legislative, executive or other measures as may be necessary to implement the assurances, undertakings, recommendations contained in Chapter 3 and Annexes A and B of the Report of the Intergovernmental Committee signed on February 27, 1963, insofar as they are not implemented by an express provision of the Constitution of Malaysia.

“The MA63 is a sacred document that led to the formation of Malaysia. We must respect the founding document, not neglect it or abandon it. Like what I mentioned before, no MA63, no Malaysia” , he pointed out.

Ongkili, however, added that he understood what Umno Vice Chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Jeffrey Kitingan meant when they called for a new agreement with Malaysia.

“But MA63 is irreplaceable…we understand why they want it, so we could call for a serious and in-depth discussion regarding the supplementary agreement, with key contributions from the governments of Sabah and Sarawak, as well as Malaysia, as the signatories of the MA63.

“The MKMA63, chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakub, takes this issue seriously, and the MKMA63 is open to provide the opportunity to deliberate on these issues to further strengthen Malaysia,” he said. — Bernama

Comments are closed.