The Pakatan Harapan government has shown great sincerity in honouring its promise in the formation of the Special Committee on the Malaysia Agreement 1963

Based on the answer to my Parliamentary question to the Prime Minister on the Special Committee on the Malaysia Agreement 1963, which is one of Pakatan Harapan’s 100-day promises, the de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong revealed that the Minister’s Cabinet has agreed to formation of the committee in a recent cabinet meeting.

The cabinet thus has consented to the formation of a special cabinet committee on the enforcement of the Malaysian Agreement 1963 and it will comprise representatives from the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak who have expertise in the matter.

The committee has been tasked to produce a detailed report on the matter within six months from the date it is set up that will be then presented to the government.

The committee will study and propose corrective measures in relation to the following matters:

  • The status of the Malaysian Agreement 1963 in the context of current legislation;
  • Efforts to improve the people’s understanding towards the Malaysia Agreement 1963 through the education system;
  • Implementation of the concept of federalism across the three territories – Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak;
  • The rights of Sabah and Sarawak to natural resources as well as oil and gas;
  • Administrative matters that can be delegated to the states;
  • The amount of allocation that is within the rights of Sabah and Sarawak; and
  • Amendment to Article 1 of the Federal Constitution.

Once the report is presented and approved by the Cabinet, this Special Committee will also be given the responsibility in monitoring the implementation of the proposals in the report.

This step is an important step in regaining our rights under MA63 and a sign that the new PH Federal Government not only has fulfilled another 100-day promise, but also shows sincerity and political will in recognising our special status and rights under the framework of MA63. What is also important to point out is that there is greater transparency in the manner there is a timeframe set for this report to be submitted, unlike the previous administration where many public statements were made to the people, but no timeframe was set by the then BN government.

I will continue to follow up and monitor on this matter as well to make sure the interest of Sarawak is protected. One of the things I will be pushing for is for us to regain our rightful status as equal partners in the federation and I believe the Pakatan Harapan government has shown great sincerity in honouring the promises that was made including reiterating our stand to return 20% oil royalty to Sarawak.

Dr. Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen
Media statement by Dr. Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen in Kuching on Friday, 20th July 2018