Sarawak leaders to attend MA63 meeting with Prime Minister

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Sarawak delegate led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will attend a meeting with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Steering Committee chaired by the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 17, said Sarawak Consultative Committee on MA63 chairman Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar today.

Mohd Asfia, who is Speaker of the DUN, said the Consultative Committee will serve as a vehicle to assist the Chief Minister and to advise the August House with regard to restoring the state rights as enshrined in the MA63 and we will make a strong stand with one united voice for Sarawak.

In our approach, we must be history-guided and driven, legally logical and constitutionally right,” he said.

Mohd Asfia said Sarawak “seeks to maximise and expand the common areas of agreement and minimise and narrow the margin of difference’ and issues like immigration were considered as non-negotiable. He said should Immigration be opened up, the floodgate that would unease a torrent of immigrants from across the border and those far outside will sweep away Sarawak’s existence.

The Consultative Committee was formed under Standing Order 89 of the Standing Orders of the DUN and Article 24(1) of the Sarawak State Constitution though a motion dated last Nov 6.

Its committee members comprise Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, DUN Deputy Speaker Dato Gerawat Gala, Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs Abdullah Saidol, Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting, Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang, Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, Bukit Assek assemblywoman Irene Chang, Tanjong Batu assemblyman Chiew Chiu Sing and Krian assemblyman Ali Biju.

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