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(front row, from left to right) Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor during the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Implementation Action Council meeting in Kuching, Sarawak, on January 20, 2023. — Picture by BERNAMA

Unity govt’s openness helps smooth out MA63 negotiations for Sarawak, Sabah

KUCHING, Jan 20 — The openness of the federal Unity Government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in finding solutions to the issues relating to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) has helped smooth out the negotiation process for Sabah and Sarawak.

This was the sentiment shared by both Sarawak Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari Openg and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, after attending the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Implementation Action Council meeting chaired by Anwar here today.

While expressing their thanks and gratitude for several important decisions made during the meeting, Abang Johari said the decisions were mostly about the implementation of what had been agreed upon before and not relating to any new demand.

“The matters raised today were actually those enshrined in the MA63, now it is just about the implementation. If it has technical issues, I am sure they can be resolved,” he told a press conference after the meeting.

Meanwhile, Hajiji said, for Sabah, numerous issues relating to the MA63 have been resolved by the Prime Minister, including the transfer of gas supply regulatory power to the Sabah government.

“Even though there were other issues that need further negotiation, we are confident that under the leadership of PM Anwar, we will be able to resolve most of the MA63 issues,” he said.

— Bernama

 

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