Senator calls for report on Malaysia Agreement 1963 be made public

Senator Robert Lau

KUCHING, Nov 19: The final report made by the Cabinet Special Committee on the implementation of Malaysia Agreement 1963 must be made public, opines Senator Robert Lau.

“The people of Sarawak and Sabah want to know what are the issues and recommendations made at the federal level. After all, the Agreement affects the rights of Sarawak and Sabah and all her people.

“The Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Inter-governmental Committee Report 1962 are public documents and they form the basis for Sarawak and Sabah to join in the formation of Malaysia 67 years ago,” said Lau in a statement today.

The federal government had earlier stated that it is not necessary to reveal the final report of the Cabinet Special Committee on the implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

Lau assured he will raise this issue in the Senate to push for Report to be made public.

He also said it was well known that there were many breaches and erosion of the terms, rights and undertakings of these two documents over the last six decades and the Special Committee was set up to look into it with the aim of righting the wrongs done.

If there were matters that concern security or threat to the stability of the nation and well-being of her people, Lau said it is understandable why it should be kept a secret.

“It is therefore only right that the findings and recommendations of the Special Committee be made public.

“It may be that the time is not right or convenient to publish the report now as it is understood that some issues have not been agreed upon or finalized between the parties,” he said, adding if that is the situation, then he suggested that a preliminary report in a summarised form be published or made available to members of Parliament. – DayakDaily