NGO to hold ‘Sarawak Rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963’ seminar on Dec 7

David Hii

KUCHING, Nov 13: Sarawak Patriot Association (SPA) will be holding a seminar on Sarawak Rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) this coming Dec 7.

The event will be held at the Sarawak Islamic Information Center in Jalan Ong Tiang Swee, starting at 7pm.

SPA, in a statement, claimed that in their recent survey, 80 per cent of those interviewed were keen to know more about Sarawakians’ rights.


The first speaker is State Legal Counsel Dato Sri J C Fong. He will speak on the subject of ‘Equal status and partnership for Sabah and Sarawak within the Federation of Malaysia.’ Fong has served as the state’s Attorney-General, and he is currently part of the MA63 Legal Team. He initiated the MA63 research in 2007 and was one of the team members who made the trip to London to do more research into MA63 last year.

The second speaker is Datuk David Teng Lung Chi, president of the Sarawak Arts and Cultural Research Institute. He will speak on the subject of ‘MA63 Special Positions and Safeguards of Sarawak.’ Teng, a lawyer by training, is a former assistant minister and served seven terms as Repok assemblyman before his retirement from active politics.

“We encourage every Sarawakian to participate for awareness of our rights under MA63, the importance of equal partnership, how it will affect us Sarawakians and the importance of the special positions and safeguards for Sarawak under MA63.

“It is our duty as Sarawakians to rally together and to pursue the return of our eroded rights under MA63,” said SPA secretary David Hii Chin Loung

The seminar would be conducted in English, and there would be a 45-minute question-and-answer session to allow the participants to seek clarifications from the two speakers.

Tickets for the seminar are available for purchase from Brenda Yong, who is also the seminar chairwoman. She can be reached at 012 862 1233. Other contact persons are David Hii (012 886 1923) or Datuk John Lau (010 3268 333). — DayakDaily