The move to get back Sarawak’s powers from the federal government as enshrined in Malaysia Agreement 1963 ( MA63) is not for popularity or driven by emotion.That was why he sent a team of lawyers to London to search for and study any references related to the state’s rights under MA63 so that Sarawak could pursue its rights based on facts and not emotion, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said, adding that what Sarawak wants now is to be given back what used to be hers.
“In London, our legal team found documents used during colonial days. All the documents wer e b rou ght t o L ondon af ter Sarawak achieved its independence in 1963. Our first chief minister the late Tan Sri Stephen Kalong Ningkan had no copies of the documents classified as secret.
“These documents wi l l be brought back to Kuching so they can become the property of Sa rawakians,” he s a id when officiating at the delegates me e t ing o f P a r t i P e s aka Bumiputera Bersatu ( PBB) Zone 8 here yesterday.
Abang Joha r i s a id the documents would be presented to Putrajaya to prove Sarawak’s rights.
“And there are those who thought that I’m emotional on this matter and invited me to a debate.
“Not that I do not want to debate but there is no point of having a debate when the prime minister has agreed on the matter,” he said.
In London, our legal team found documents used during colonial days. All the documents were brought to London after Sarawak achieved its independence in 1963. Our first chief minister the late Tan Sri Stephen Kalong Ningkan had no copies of the documents classified as secret. These documents will be brought back to Kuching so they can become the property of Sarawakians.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia for a debate over MA63.
He recalled that the late Tun Jugah Barieng had said: ‘Anang aja Malaysia tu baka tebu, manis di pun, tabar di ujung’ which means ‘Let’s hope Malaysia will not be like the sugarcane, sweet at the beginning but tasteless at the end’.
“Probably what we are fighting for now is because it has turned slightly sour or bitter. We do not want it to be bitter.
He said the first phase of the negotiation on the devolution of power between the state and federal government had been set t led and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said the federal government would give back Sarawak’s rights.
“Na j ib i s ve r y op en suggestions,” he added.