7 legal eagles to sue Putrajaya to reclaim Sarawak’s rights

KUCHING, Sept 8: Former Padungan assemblyman Dominique Ng and at least six other Sarawakian lawyers will file a lawsuit against the federal government before the end of this year in an attempt to reclaim Sarawak’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Ng told DayakDaily that this legal team, which will include former Batu Lintang assemblyman Voon Lee Shan, would be representing the people of Sarawak to fight for Sarawak’s rights, which have eroded over the years.

“We are now drafting our case to sue the federal government to take back Sarawak’s rights, including oil and gas, and all other rights that Sarawakians are now demanding.

“It will not just be oil and gas but the whole range of rights that have been violated and taken away from Sarawak,” said Ng.

Ng disclosed that all the lawyers involved in this case would be working on a pro bono basis.

“We are tired of politicians who just talk and don’t follow up their talk with action. For us, we just put everything into action.

“This is because only by the action of a direct legal challenge to the federal government may initiate some changes,” reckoned Ng.

He added that his team would bring the case to the Federal Court first, and then proceed from there.

“It will be much cheaper if we pursue the case in Malaysia first. Only when we have run out of options then we will pursue the case internationally, which will be very expensive.

“Getting the case heard in the United Kingdom is an option, and many are talking about it. It will remain as an option until we exhaust all avenues,” Ng explained. — DayakDaily