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KUCHING: PKR Sarawak Youth wing is giving its full support to Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg to send a legal team to London to research for and study any references related to state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement (MA63).
“We do not have a problem in giving our support if sending the legal team benefits Sarawak,” the youth chief Abdul Raafidin Majidi said today.
PKR Sarawak Youth’s support for the legal team to be sent to London clearly contradicted with the position taken by its counterpart in Pakatan Harapan, the DAP Sarawak Socialist Youth, which has expressed its objection.
DAP Sarawak Socialist Youth chief Wong King Wei had said recently that there was no need for Sarawak to send a legal team to London to study the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Wong, who is also the DAP’s Padungan elected representative, had said any legal practitioner would know that they only had to interpret the intention of the parties within the four corners of an agreement in order to enforce one’s contractual rights deriving from the agreement.
Raafidin, however, said that Sarawak must continue efforts to take back those rights, which have been eroded, including on oil and gas royalty reserves which are located within Sarawak’s territorial waters.
“Although there are certain groups claiming that sending the legal team to London is a waste of public fund, we, however, view such effort as justified,” Raafidin said, without making to any reference to any party.
He urged the chief minister to appoint legal practitioners of calibre and with experiences on state’s rights, including those from the state opposition party, to join the London trip.
“PKR State Youth is confident that the party and its Pakatan Harapan partners in Sarawak have capable lawyers who can help the legal team to get the information relating to state’s rights,” he said.
He said the youth wing sees the issues on getting back the state’s rights from the perspective of the interest of Sarawakians and should be given priority.
“This will indirectly give signals to the Barisan Nasional government in Putrajaya that on fighting for those rights, Sarawakians are united although we are from different political parties and principles,” he said.
Raafidin said the youth wing reminded lawyers in the legal team to use the public fund to champion for the state’s rights, and not to use it for a holiday.
“At the same time, we are consistent in urging the chief minister to continue with his sincerity on the issue of autonomy and to urge Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to return those rights to Sarawak,” he said.
The London trip will be led by Law, Federal-State Relations and Project Monitoring assistant minister, Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali. – dayakdaily.com