‘Reclaiming Sarawak’s rights needs a political solution, ultimately’

Dato Sri JC Fong

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, March 3: Sarawak state legal counsel Dato Sri JC Fong opined that the issue surrounding Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will eventually be resolved through a “political solution”.

In the meantime, with the setting up of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Steering Committee (also known as Special Cabinet Committee), he said what the state government was trying to do was to put up a strong case to convince the federal government to agree with Sarawak’s assertions.

“Whether we can achieve the desired result or not remains to be seen. We are still working (at it), and we are trying to convince them to agree with us.

“And if we cannot agree, of course, we agree to disagree, but somebody must solve the disagreement.

“But we are putting up our case very strongly, and I think, at least from the law side, we are on the right track.

“But I think this matter can only be resolved with, you know, it has to be ultimately a political solution,” Fong told DayakDaily at Sarawak Housing and Real Estate Developers’ Association (Kuching branch)’s Chinese New Year celebration last night.

He was responding to the question whether he agreed with Sarawak Voluntary Legal Team co-leader Dominique Ng’s recent statement that the federal government had been taking Sarawakians for a ride by setting up the MA63 Steering Committee.

Ng, who is also Sarawak Association for People’s Aspiration (Sapa) president, said the aim of the committee was to “buy time and drag things on” and “at the end of the day, it will end up in nothing for Sarawak.”

Fong, however, refused to comment on the voluntary legal team’s attempt to bring the federal government to court for violating MA63.

“Up to him (Ng). I don’t wanna comment on what others are doing,” said Fong. — DayakDaily