Zainnal is not the only expert on MA63 – Wan Junaidi

Dato Sri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar

KUCHING, Jan 31: Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has blasted political analyst Zainnal Ajamain for trying to portray himself as the only expert on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

The former deputy speaker of Dewan Rakyat also criticised Zainnal for disrespecting Sarawakians leaders as the latter’s comments aired on a YouTube video was seen to be giving Sarawakians leaders a “lecture” on MA63.

“He seems to portray that he has an exclusive monopoly of understanding the meaning and interpretation of all the contents as entrenched in the Federal Constitution.

“Please, we Sarawakians could manage our own state without any advice from people who belittle and debase us like that,” Wan Junaidi said in a statement.

He opined that Zainnal did not qualify or have the credibility to persuade the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Members of Parliament (MP) to support the federal government’s amendment for MA63 as he himself was arrogant.

“The Malay proverb says, ‘perangai padi, semakin berisi semakin menunduk, dan tidak seperti lalang’.

“Thank Allah, our Sarawak MPs have always been well mannered and showed character befitting their position as legislators or Yang Berhormat in Dewan Rakyat or Dewan Negara.

“Please, all are welcomed to Sarawak but if you have a condescending attitude leave it behind at your own state last port or airport before you board a transport of your departure to Sarawak,” Wan Junaidi told Zainnal who is also Sabah’s MA63 advisor.

Wan Junaidi said he began his interest in the formation of Malaysia documents when he wrote “Evolusi Parlimen dan Speaker Parlimen” in 2008, and not in 2016 as alleged by Zainnal.

He recalled that when all the GPS MPs made the decision for not supporting the amendment of Article 1(2) of Federal Constitution in April 2019, they were told from the speeches and discussions that they had to restore the rights of Sarawak.

“My question is what rights that Article 1(2) gives, even in its form or format of 1963?

“Thorough examination of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and all the related instruments of Malaysia Agreement, for example, the Cobbold Commission Report, the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report, MA63, the Act of Malaysia 1963 (UK), Act of Malaysia 1963 (Malaya), and the Federal Constitution Malaysia.

“Clearly there was no ‘equal partnership’ in them.

“Honestly, I simply could not and do not find it possible to make Sarawak or Sabah or Sarawak and Sabah ‘equal partners’ to Malaya simply by introducing and passing of the April 2019 amendment.

“That was why I took that stand of not supporting the amendment and it is still my stand, “ he stressed.

He believed the terms used by the Minister and Pakatan Harapan (PH) debaters in Dewan Rakyat for the amendment were wrong.

He pointed out that members could not mislead Parliament and GPS MPs were not able to support them because of the numerous misrepresentations.

As a loyal party member of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) and PBB being a component of GPS, Wan Junaidi stated that he will stand by the party leadership and whatever decision the leaders make. —DayakDaily