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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Malaysia Agreement a very important document, says Abang Johari

KUCHING - Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has called out Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia on his recent statement where he insinuated that the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) was unimportant.

“I beg to differ with what Pandikar Amin has said on the Malaysia Agreement.

“You cannot just describe that the Agreement is not important because it is a very important document where the territorial rights of Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia is the basis of the Malaysia Agreement,” he told reporters when met after officiating the 20th Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) and International College of Advanced Technology (i-CATS) Sarawak at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here today.

Pandikar recently told reporters after speaking at a public forum on MA63 in Kota Kinabalu that the emergence of documents in relation to the history of Malaysia’s formation, such as the 20-point Memorandum and the Cobbold Commission Report, were made so that people would believe that some of the demands outlined in MA63 were not met.

He pointed out that the documents merely contained recommendations (in forming Malaysia) and negotiations following various meetings at that time.

“They are not legally binding agreements. The only legally binding agreement is the MA63, which gives effect to all those recommendations made by those documents.”

Pandikar said there was also a string of historical events leading to Malaysia’s formation that cannot be separated.

“You must look into the total spirit of MA63 and why it was done in such a way.”

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