Question on review of Malaysia Agreement rejected by Parliament

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Parliament will not discuss any review of the rights of Sabah and Sarawak under the Malaysia Agreement as this is "frivolous" and a "non-issue," the government told a Sabah MP today.

PKR MP Dorrel Leiking was told to end his quest for a review of the 20-point Agreement for Sabah and 18-point Agreement for Sarawak, which are meant to ensure that the two Borneo states are equal partners with the peninsula.

Under the agreements, a review is provided for but it has not been carried out.

The issue of the review was first raised last month by veteran Umno politician Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, even though 40 years have passed with the review still not done.

"Very clearly, the federal government will find ways to avoid the Sabah and Sarawak Partnership - my question following Tengku Razalegh's revelation and the 20 & 18 Points issue & the Malaysia Agreement have been rejected," Leiking wrote on his Facebook page.

Leiking, who is the Penampang MP, received a written reply letter from the Parliament secretary saying he had raised a matter that would "confuse, alienate and break hearts for the sake of explaining something that is superficial and frivolous".

It was also unreasonable to raise a non-issue "just to get opinions and feedback when the governing laws were not in question," the reply states.

Under the safeguards for Sabah and Sarawak to join Malaysia, there was supposed to be a review 10 years after the formation of Malaysia but they were forgotten following the untimely deaths of the prime minister and deputy prime minister at that time.

Opposition leaders in Sabah and Sarawak have been accusing the federal government of not only failing to fulfil the agreements, but also treating Sabah and Sarawak as states rather than as equal partners of Malaya.



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