PBK president questions “interference” by Bukit Aman police in MA63 lawsuit

Voon Lee Shan (File Photo)

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KUCHING, April 4: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan has questioned the need for Bukit Aman police to investigate the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) lawsuit when Sarawak has its own police force.

He said he had received a phone call from a senior police officer from the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters seeking insight on the lawsuit filed by 11 plaintiffs in Kuching High Court in November last year.

The suit was seeking the court, among other matters, to determine the legality of the formation of Malaysia and declare MA63 as an invalid international agreement.

“I do not know this officer, and for this reason, I could not simply speak to him. However, if there is a need to investigate the matter, there is no reason for Bukit Aman police to come down to conduct the investigation.

“To do so is a slap to the face of the Sarawak police. It is better to close down Sarawak Police Headquarters if investigations have to be conducted by police officers from Bukit Aman,” he said in a statement today.

Voon further said that the police claimed that what he wrote or did concerning matters connected to the MA63 suit was against public order.

“If what has been done by me or Sarawakians who sued the United Kingdom, federal, and Sarawak governments could be against public order for seeking the court to decide on the matters in their claim in the Suit, including the matters concerning the legality of the formation of Malaysia, then what is the court for?” he questioned.

He also stressed that there was a court judgment to say that citizens have a right to speak about perceived violations of the terms of MA63.

“If the court finds that MA63 was invalid, then Malaysia should not have been formed in the first place.

“Therefore, the suit filed by the 11 plaintiffs should not receive any harassment or intimidation from law-abiding citizens and government agencies. To do so will mean we are not living in a civilised society,” he said. ― DayakDaily