Sharifah Hasidah: London trip has yielded important documents

Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali

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KUCHING: The London Mission delegation has found other important constitutional documents which reinforce the state’s rights including rights over the Continental Shelf, territorial seas, and offshore oil mining prior to and after Malaysia Day.

The delegation was also able to find “documents in classified or confidential files belonging to Sarawak, which were sent back by the outgoing Colonial Administration to London prior to Malaysia Day in accordance with the British Government Circular that the new independent Government should not have access to them”.

Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali who led the mission in July said the state government has requested copies of these documents and authentication for those deemed important.

“These documents will soon be delivered to the state government,” said Sharifah Hasidah in a press statement yesterday.

She was responding to DAP Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen who said in a press conference that there had been silence following the London Mission in July.

Chong had said that the book “British Documents on the end of the British Empire” published by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, contained “all correspondence, including telegrams exchanges that led to the formation of Malaysia”.

Sharifah Hasidah said the state government was not silent after the trip; rather, they were waiting for copies of new evidence that substantiate the state’s rights as well as waiting for the right time to open discussions.

“Such discussions on how and why the documents support and strengthen the state’s position would best be discussed constructively at the proper forum and at the appropriate time.

“The upcoming session of the Dewan Undangan Negeri would be the right forum to do so,” she said.

The Samariang assemblywoman gave her assurance that whatever the London Mission obtained was more than what was “in the book”.

“I can categorically assure the opposition member that what the Mission has obtained, would definitely be more that what is in the book and the authenticated documents, which the state government will soon receive, will have more cogent evidential value than those contained in the book relied upon by him (Chong).”

“I must add that should the assemblyman for Kota Sentosa were to visit the British National Archives, he would definitely find documents on the constitutional rights of the state which are not in the book that he so gleefully tries to promote,” said Sharifah Hasidah.