Second MA63 committee meeting went well

The Sarawak Legislative Assembly complex.

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KUCHING, May 17: The Special Cabinet Steering Committee met for its second meeting today on implementing the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), which went smoothly.

According to the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) bulletin, the meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at Putrajaya lasted for about two hours.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg led the Sarawak delegation, which included Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

She was reported as saying that all recommendations presented during the meeting were discussed in a harmonious manner.

This meeting was the second held after the Bill to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution was defeated in Parliament last April.

Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) lawmakers had abstained from voting on the constitutional amendment to restore Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners in the Malaysia Federation, as they unanimously agreed the Bill was done in a hurry and that more negotiations were needed to finalise the details.

The delegation from Sarawak also included Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Deputy Speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala and State Attorney-General Datuk Talat Mahmood Abdul Rashid. — DayakDaily