State govt urged to hold referendum if MA63 negotiations have hit stalemate

Warren Chong Shin Hua

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KUCHING, Jan 21: Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) suggests a referendum be held if the federal government refuses to discuss the issue of giving back 20 per cent oil and gas royalty.

S4S spokesperson Warren Chong Shin Hua said the state government needs to calls for a referendum to decide on Sarawak’s future.

“If the federal government refuses to return the 20 per cent of oil and gas royalty, then the Sarawak government should call for a referendum to let the people to decide the future of Sarawak,” Chong said in a statement yesterday.

He was responding to Assistant Minister for Law, State and Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali’s recent statement that there had been no significant progress in negotiations about the said royalty.

Chong said if the federal government continues to delay or stop discussion on the return of Malaysia Agreement (MA63) rights, the state government should call for a referendum to let the people decide whether they want to leave or stay.

“Sarawakians, in the end, need to decide their future through a referendum,” Chong said. — DayakDaily