KOTA SAMARAHAN, April 9: Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein pledges that all members of the armed forces under his ministry will support Sarawak and its government to realise its aspirations especially regarding claiming back its rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
He said as Sarawak’s rights under MA63 particularly its oil and gas rights were to be given back, the armed forces will also ensure that the state will continue to enjoy peace and security over its waters and oil fields.
“I understand that many are delighted with the BN (Barisan Nasional) manifesto announced by the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) on the MA63.
“But all these would not mean anything if Sarawak is unsafe and unstable, and not given the mandate to ensure what we have planned can be implemented. As we are approaching the GE14 (14th general election), I hope the people will understand that this is not a feel-good thing, but to ensure that our plans for the future of the people of Sarawak will be bright.
“Apart from that, the armed forces will also continue to look after the security of sensitive installations in the state, like the Bakun Hydroelectric Dam which was recently handed over by Najib back to the state government, so that Sarawak will continue to develop and achieve its agenda,” Hishammuddin told a press conference after officiating at the Muara Tuang Army Camp this morning.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg thanked Najib for the assurance as per BN Manifesto, which he described as a whole nation concept where each region and state in Malaysia were to receive equal development.
“The Manifesto also stressed on the MA63, which is welcomed very much by Sarawakians and our Sabahan friends.
“This would eventually realise our development concept as well as for the whole region of Malaysia, and would lead to a more politically stable country and total continuity nationwide,” he said. — DayakDaily