MA63 documents ready to be used to support state’s claims, says Sharifah Hasidah

Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali

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By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Nov 6: Thousands of documents related to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) gathered from London are now being sought out at the State Attorney General’s (SAG) office and are ready to be used to assist the state’s efforts to review the implementation of MA63.

According to Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, these documents are crucial to support Sarawak’s claims to gain back its rights back under MA63 that have been eroded over the years.

“And what’s important is when you read the MA63 documents you will know and see the real spirit behind the Malaysia Agreement. Because these are documents regarding various committees such as the Inter-Governmental Committee and so on,” Sharifah Hasidah told reporters when commenting on the Motion that a Consultative Committee on MA63 comprising members from all political parties be set up.

She said the documents include minutes of meetings, which include handwritten notes and documents.

“These are documents that we don’t have here in Sarawak. Even the Malaysia Agreement itself also, we don’t have it here. You ask anybody, we never had the official documents on MA63,” she said.

Sharifah Hasidah said the documents would also be used to support whatever deliberations that are needed to fight for the rights of Sarawak in future.

“The documents are there at the SAG office. There are thousands of documents in boxes and the SAG chamber is sorting them out. We will use them to support on whatever claims that we have,” she asserted.

The Samariang lawmaker said, besides serving as important documents for Sarawak to get its rights back, the documents would also be useful for historical archives for research in future.

The said Motion, which was tabled by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah was passed at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) today unanimously by all DUN members. — DayakDaily