Lina Soo showing her book containing extracts of letters, documents, laws from the London archives
KUCHING: State Reform Party (STAR) president Lina Soo has welcomed the government’s efforts to send a legal team to London to retrieve documents relating to rights accorded to Sarawak on the formation of Malaysia in 1963.
She said it is a new direction of the government which should be lauded.
“I am in agreement with the chief minister (Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg) that the Malaysia Agreement 1963 is not just an agreement, but is also an international treaty where Sarawak’s rights and powers are engraved in stone,” she said when reacting to a statement by Abang Johari that he would send a legal team to London.
Lina, who is also a Sarawak’s rights activist, said Sarawak no longer can allow the federal government to continue to bully and exploit Sarawakians, disregarding MA63.
“The first thing we urge the Sarawak government to do is to put right our political status by restoring our position as one of three component territories of the federation in Article 1(2) of the Constitution by repealing Constitutional Amendment A354 Section 2.
“All members of parliament from the Barisan and Pakatan Harapan must seek to put this right in Parliament,” she said.
Lina, who have conducted of research on MA63, Inter-Governmental Committee Report and Cobbold Commission Report, have published two books on her research.
She has already extracted the documents from the British national archives and complied the constitutional documents in Sarawak Chronicle: Letters, Agreements, Laws and International Treaties.
Lina said she is willing to assist Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relationships and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, by presenting her with the two books she has authored.
“It will save her and her team members so much time if they read my books before they go,” Lina said.
Lina said she will submit complimentary copies of her two books to Hasidah after making an appointment.
Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) leader Peter John Jaban said he is glad to hear that the government has taken MA63 seriously and willing to go to London and look for more information.
“The question is what they will do with that information later?” he asked.
He said sending a legal team to London is a good step.
“S4S gives a thumbs up to the chief minister and the government for pursuing this course in showing their concern for the plight of the future generations of Sarawakians,” he said.
He hoped that the state government is sincere completing this task until fruition because Sarawakians cannot afford to be blindsided once more as what has happened in the past many times.
He also hoped that the numerous political parties do not politicise this important effort taken by the state government in ensuring that the points of MA63 is abided to.
“Sarawakians are only worried this could be just a ploy to win the heart of voters seeing that the general election is right around the Corner.
“This is a pretty good move and I hope it will materialize,” he said, adding:”I hope they will explore MA63 to reaffirm the status of Sarawak & Sabah in Malaysia.” – dayakdaily.com