Hanifah: No need for final MA63 special committee report to be made public

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By Adrian Lim

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17: The federal government has reiterated its stand not to make public the final report from the Cabinet special committee on the implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib said the contents of the report are technical and classified under the Official Secrets Act 1972.

“At the moment, the federal government maintains that there is no need for the report to be made public.

“The decision was made after taking into consideration several aspects such as law, the contents and discussions which were recorded and were technical and involve sensitive matters that are classified as official secrets,” she said at the Parliament today.

Hanifah was replying to a question from Sepanggar MP Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman who asked whether the federal government intends to present the final report of MA63 to the public.

She explained that the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government was continuing the policies which were agreed to by the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.

Hanifah added the federal government has no intention to perform any delay tactics with regards to the decisions achieved in the Cabinet special committee meeting.

Hence, she said the federal government will continue to work on the issues which need to be solved. — DayakDaily