KUCHING, Dec 2: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Sarawakians are not interested in parliament speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia’s view on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Political secretary to the Chief Minister Dato Sri Doris Brodie praised Abang Johari and voiced her support for the latter’s decision not to debate MA63 with Pandikar Amin.
“Thumbs up to YAB Chief Minister. Indeed it is a waste of time to debate the issue on with Pandikar.
“Debating it will not resolve the issue; it only inflates ego (of some) which we don’t need in Sarawak,” said Doris in a press statement today.
She said the chief minister knew what is close to the hearts of the people of Sarawak.
“Abang Johari knows what Sarawakians want and we are wholly behind him to pursue devolution of powers as enshrined in MA63.
“Pandikar may see that MA63 is not relevant and that he believes in Federalism. So be it. We (Sarawakians) are not the least interested in what he believes,” said Doris.
She said Sarawakians insisted on the relevancy of the agreement and that it needed to be upheld.
“We see the relevancy and the importance of upholding MA63. How can there be Malaysia if MA63 was not in place earlier?” she questioned.
She said what was important was that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak agreed to pursue the agreement.
“For as long as the Prime Minister agrees and understands our (Sarawakians) wishes and had promised to give back what is rightly ours, is all that matters to us.
“Others with no vested interest are better off keeping their mouths shut,” said Doris. — DayakDaily