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KUCHING, Sept 18: It is simply ‘sour grape’ attitude when Democratic Action Party (DAP) member Dr Kelvin Yii accused the federal government of making delay tactics in establishing the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Special Cabinet Committee.
This is the view of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang when he stated that the previous Pakatan Harapan (PH) government had failed to restore any Sarawakian right under MA63, unlike the Perikatan Nasional (PN) plus Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government today.
“In all sincerity and fairness, can MP Kelvin Yii explain what success had the previous PH government achieved in fulfilling the restoration and return of our rights under MA63?
“To me, they failed to deliver anything and they have failed miserably,” said Idris in a press statement today.
On Wednesday (Sept 16), the Special Council on MA63 to be chaired by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was formed and the chief minister of Sarawak and Sabah would be included as members of the committee.
The Bandar Kuching MP claimed the PN government is portraying the insignificance of returning Sarawak’s rights and the formation of the Special Cabinet Committee is merely an attempt to delay it while giving a sweet promise before the elections.
In response to this, Idris asserted that the GPS-led government has indeed delivered after looking into and answering to the people the litany of grievances on MA63.
“We, ourselves, are now living witnesses to the making of a remarkable event in the history of our state when yesterday our Chief Minister received on behalf of the people of Sarawak a hefty payment of almost RM3 billion from Petronas for its SST (State Sales Tax) 2019 payment,” he said.
Thus, he urged the PH leaders not to turn a blind eye on this momentous event, but instead acknowledge this good news and join the other Sarawakians in rejoicing the completion of this milestone.
“Please look at the immense degree of success. It is the result of a superbly brilliant initiative by our Chief Minister Abang Jo,” he said. —DayakDaily