DPM Fadillah says will try resolving MA63-related issues within a month

Fadillah is seen at the press conference in Kuching today (Dec 8, 2022).

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By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, Dec 8: Deputy Prime Minister Dato Sri Fadillah Yusof emphasises that he will make every effort to resolve all claims related to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) within a month, as entrusted by Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Fadillah told reporters this during a press conference following his arrival at Kuching International Airport (KIA) here today (Dec 8).

“At the moment, the main focus is on discussions between the Sabah and Sarawak State governments about the States’ demands at the federal level.

“I have already asked the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak) Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali to meet with the Chief Minister of Sabah Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, to see the priorities at the Sabah level,” he explained.

Fadillah, who is also the Plantation and Commodities Industry Minister, went on to say that the low-hanging fruit (simple matters) that can be resolved this month will be resolved, and that the previously discussed items that can be finalised this month will be finalised.

“The rest insha’Allah, we will see if it is necessary to take it to Parliament to be approved by the Dewan Rakyat then we take it to the Dewan Rakyat,” he added.

He also revealed that he will pay a courtesy call on Sarawak Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg this afternoon, along with Works Minister Dato Sri Alexander Nanta Linggi, Women, Family, and Community Development Minister Dato Sri Nancy Shukri, and National Unity Minister Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang, to seek direction and guidance from the State leadership on their roles in the national unity government.

Also present at the press conference was Aaron. — DayakDaily