Sarawak govt to fight for its rights within Malaysia ‘for as long as there are stars and the moon’

Sharifah Hasidah speaking during the DUS sitting on May 8, 2024. Photo credit: Ukas

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 8: The Sarawak government will continue to fight for its rights within Malaysia for as long as there are stars and the moon in the sky, says Deputy Minister of Law, MA63 and State-Federal Relations Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

She said this during the Sarawak Legislative Assemby (DUS) sitting here today, when answering a supplementary question by Telang Usan assemblyman Dato Dennis Ngau.


He had inquired about a specific timeline the Sarawak government’s is targeting, whether it is before or after the next general election (PRU), on its proposal to the Federal government to increase Borneo representation to 35 per cent in Parliament.

“I cannot say when we can achieve this, but as I’ve always mentioned, we will continue to pursue this. We will continue to fight for our rights. For as long as there are the stars and the moon, we will continue,” she said.

To recap, Sharifah Hasidah said, following the change of the Federal government, the Sarawak government has continued to pursue the matter under the new established Majlis Tindakan Pelaksanaan Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MTPMA63) chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

She also said the first MTPMA63 meeting was held on Jan 20, 2023 and it was decided that this matter to be further deliberated in the Working Committee lead by Legal Affaris Division of the Prime Minister’s Department.

“The Working Committee, formed for this purpose, had met twice, and I attended both meetings, where the position paper was again presented and deliberated.

“The outcome of the meeting will then be presented at the upcoming Technical Committee Meeting which will be chaired by YAB Deputy Prime Minister (Dato Sri Fadillah Yusof),” she said.

Sharifah Hasidah, who is also Samariang assemblywoman, said it is the Sarawak government’s highest hope that this demand can be fulfilled to ensure a balanced representation in the Parliament in line with the spirit and original purpose of Malaysia. — DayakDaily