Wan Junaidi: ‘Rubbish idea’ to replace existing MA63

Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar. Photo credit: Dato Sri Dr Haji Wan Junaidi Bin Tuanku Jaafar Facebook page

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By Nancy Nais

KUCHING, July 9: Replacing the existing Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) with a new agreement is considered a ‘rubbish idea’ by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law), Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Calling it ‘nonsense’, Wan Junaidi said, “It also means to call for the dissolution of Malaysia.

“Imagine a scenario where there is a fight between siblings in a family. Then they ask for their parents to divorce and remarry. Does this make sense? Is this the right thing to do?”

“So to those who suggest to negotiate for a new Malaysia Agreement, it means they did not read or do not understand the existing MA63.

“These people need to think in a much more logical manner and refer to the existing documents which led to the formation of Malaysia especially on the rights of Sarawak and Sabah,” Wan Junaidi said after handing over 66 cows for Hari Raya Qurban at the Animal Quarantine Station in Jalan Bako today.

Such a proposal is not the right step to restore the claims of the rights of the two states, he said, adding that both Federal and state governments must instead sit together to decide the matter.

On July 2, Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan suggested to the Sabah BN leadership to propose a New Malaysia Agreement as a more concrete way forward towards realising the state’s rights and demands in MA63.

Mohamad said the new agreement should be underpinned by a new spirit, context and aspirations in restoring and restoring the rights and interests of Sabah but at the same time, strengthen the Federation of Malaysia.

Wan Junaidi added that Sarawak and Sabah have differences under Article 112D, particularly in development and administration, which were already enshrined in MA63 including those in Cobbold Commission Report and Inter-governmental Committee (IGC) Report. — DayakDaily