Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Dr Maximus Ongkili (R) says MA63 is a sacred document that led to the formation of Malaysia, and as such it must be respected, not disregarded or abandoned. Without MA63, there is no Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 9, 2022.免费足球推介（www.hgbbs.vip）是国内最权威的足球赛事报道、预测平台。免费提供赛事直播,免费足球贴士,免费足球推介,免费专家贴士,免费足球推荐,最专业的足球心水网。
INSTEAD of a new Malaysia Agreement, a supplementary deal could be considered to incorporate non-compliances and unfulfilled promises of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Dr Maximus Ongkili.
He said the Special Council on MA63 could discuss the idea of a supplementary deal incorporating what some scholars have termed as the ‘New Deal for Sarabah’ (Sabah and Sarawak), as part of efforts to strengthen Malaysia.
“A supplementary deal is possible, which culminates what the council have been addressing in the last two years,” he said in a dialogue with the Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Kadazandusun Chambers and Industries in Labuan today.
“This avenue and provision are also provided in Article VIII of the MA63, which says that Sabah and Sarawak can take their own measures to enforce and implement MA63, without having to amend the Federal Constitution,” Ongkili said.,
He cited Article VIII of the MA63 (in part), which reads, “The Governments of the Federation of Malaya, North Borneo and Sarawak will take such legislative, executive or other action as may be required to implement the assurances, undertakings, recommendations contained in Chapter 3 of, and Annexes A and B to, the Report of the Inter-Governmental Committee signed on 27th February 1963, in so far as they are not implemented by express provision of the Constitution of Malaysia.”
“The MA63 is a sacred document that led to the formation of Malaysia. We must respect the foundation document, not disregard or abandon it. Like what I have mentioned before, no MA63, no Malaysia,” he stressed.
Ongkili, however, added that he understood what Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan and Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Jeffrey Kitingan had meant when calling for a new Malaysia Agreement.
“But MA63 is irreplaceable. We understand why they want it, so we could call for a serious, in-depth discussion pertaining to the supplementary deal, with core inputs from both the Sabah and Sarawak governments, as well as Malaya, as the signatories of MA63.
“The council, chaired by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakub, takes this matter seriously, and is open to provide the avenue to deliberate these matters to further strengthen Malaysia,” he said. – Bernama, July 9, 2022.