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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Mar 1: Sarawak Voluntary Legal Team co-leader Dominique Ng opines that the federal government is taking Sarawakians for a ride by setting up the Steering Committee or Special Cabinet Committee on MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963).
He believed the aim of the committee was to “buy time and drag things on”.
“At the end of the day, it will end up in nothing for Sarawak,” Ng told DayakDaily today.
Ng, who is co-leading Sarawak Voluntary Legal Team with fellow lawyer Voon Lee Shan, however, admitted that the team would have to allow due process to take place since the MA63 Steering Committee had been formed.
“We have to let the Steering Committee take its course. Only after that, we can do something. But we will not wait forever,” assured Ng.
Presently, he said, the team now had 15 qualified lawyers of different races and from different political affiliations. A few of them are apolitical. The team’s sole purpose is to regain Sarawak’s lost rights under MA63
Last December, NG announced that the team had seven lawyers.
“All efforts made by the team are of individual capacity. Everyone in the team must put aside their differences and work for the betterment of Sarawak.
“There is no political agenda. The team will work under the umbrella of Sapa (Sarawak Association for People’s Aspiration), an NGO which is not politically linked,” said Ng who is also Sapa president.
Of the 15 lawyers, two are practising outside Sarawak, while the rest are locals from the following races: Iban, Malay, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, Chinese and Indian.
“Some of them are also members of political parties. However, as long as they are sincere in fighting for Sarawak’s rights, we welcome them, regardless of their political inclinations. A few of them are also senior lawyers who have been practising longer than me,” said Ng, who has been a lawyer for two decades. — DayakDaily