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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Rare documents on Malaysia’s formation discovered

Sarawak CM says the legal team despatched to London to search for references of the state's rights under MA63 will brief him about the discovery later.

The Sarawak legal team despatched to London to search for references to the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) has discovered new and substantive documents concerning Sarawak and the formation of Malaysia.

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said the documents, some of which have never been seen before, were written by the UK government to the United Nations.

In a report by The Malay Mail, he said the team would brief him about the findings later today.

In July, Abang Johari announced that a legal team, led by State Assistant Law, Federal-State Relations and Project Monitoring Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, would go to London to search for and scrutinise any references related to the state’s rights under MA63.

“This agreement is not simply an agreement; we want to get the facts right because if we want to make a claim, we must do our homework, otherwise we are just shooting at the target without hitting it,” he said at the time.

The team spent a week in London, scouring for documents related to Malaysia’s formation and the signing of MA63.

A contentious issue for decades, MA63 became one of the core issues in Sabah and Sarawak in recent times, especially after former Sarawak chief minister Adenan Satem sought the return of the state’s rights and powers as enshrined in the agreement. - FMT

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