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The Federal Government must declassify the report by Special Cabinet Committee on MA63

Press statement by MP for Bandar Kuching, Dr. Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen on 22 September 2021:

 

The first step the current Federal Government must take to show their sincerity in honouring their promises to the people of Sabah an Sarawak when it comes to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) as reflected in their pledge in the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Prime Minister (PM) and the Opposition is to declassify and release the Special Cabinet Committee on MA63 report from the Official Secrets Act (OSA) 

In my Parliamentary debate, I touched on the importance of MA63, and as a Sarawakian I want to see how the government of the day takes tangible steps to make sure our rights are restored and better protected. 

 
 

While I welcome that one of the most important clauses in the recently signed MOU is on MA63, but again we want to see what the government will do, NOT JUST put on paper and DELAY any further need for proper implementation. 

The current Law Minister is a Sarawakian and he even said one of his 100 days KPIs will be on MA63. 

That is why I suggested, that if the government is really sincere, the first thing this current government can do is to declassify the current MA63 Special Cabinet Committee Report done under PH and remove it from OSA. 

Under PH, 17 out of 21 items were agreed upon by all stakeholders including the Sabah and Sarawak State Governments, and was ready to be implemented. But somehow the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government decided to put it under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). 

 
MP for Bandar Kuching, Dr. Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen.
 

For me this makes no sense, as this involves our rights and is of huge public interest. That is why I urge the government, the FIRST and EASIEST step they can take if they are sincere, is to remove that report from OSA. 

That actually can be done TODAY itself, or even tomorrow. I also demanded the report card from the Ministry of Sabah and Sarawak Affairs for the past 18 months. For them, it is not a matter of 100 days KPI but what they have done all this while. 

They cannot use Covid-19 as an excuse to not do the necessary and make sure our rights are restored as fast as possible. That is why I demand transparency and more importantly action to make sure our rights are restored and better protected.

 

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