Dialing the right number

Sabahans should be more concerned whether or not the pot of gold could still be in the hands of Malaysia vis-a-vis ‘Nine-Dash-Line’ problem could be resolved first before being aggressive against the process of getting through their demands as per the Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63).

FMT story:

What’s there to negotiate, just implement MA63, says Jeffrey


STAR president Jeffrey Kitingan says the federal government should implement MA63 or dissolve it.

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan today said the federal government should start implementing the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Sabah’s rights under the Federal Constitution.

Jeffrey described as “unacceptable” the statement by Chief Minister Shafie Apdal yesterday that the state government was still negotiating with the federal government to realise MA63.

“The Special Cabinet Committee (Steering Committee) to Review the Malaysia Agreement 1963 should focus on implementing what is in the Federal Constitution, including Articles 112c/112d.

“What is there to negotiate? MA63 was concluded and signed in 1963. After more than half a century, it has remained unimplemented and not complied with,” he told reporters.

Articles 112c/112d deal with special grants and assignments of revenue to the two states.

Jeffrey, who is also the Keningau MP and Tambunan assemblyman, said the federal government had two options — implement MA63 or dissolve it.

He said non-compliance by the federal government had made the agreement “illegal”, and called for a new agreement to ” better reflect the needs of the current situation and the expectations and aspirations of the people”.

“Fifty-five years of non-compliance is long enough for an unimplemented agreement to become null and void.

“Sabah and Sarawak have suffered long and hard enough by being treated like colonies, with our sovereignties being usurped by Kuala Lumpur and Malayan political parties.

“During that long period of time, we have also lost most of our revenues and our most-valued resources of oil and gas.

“If this situation remains, what will our future be?” he said.

Jeffrey also said the problem had been compounded by the selfishness of past leaders of Sabah and Sarawak.

Yesterday, Shafie said he was confident Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad would take steps towards the realisation of MA63 but admitted that both sides were still locked in negotiation.

Previously, while still in the opposition, Warisan, which is led by Shafie, had called on the then-Barisan Nasional state government to do away with negotiations with the federal government and insisted that the federal government implement MA63 immediately.

Earlier today in Putrajaya, Mahathir held a meeting for almost two hours on the review of MA63 and said there was little disagreement between the federal government and the two governments.

He said several working papers were tabled at the Steering Committee meeting and almost all of them would be referred to the Technical Committee for an in-depth study before further discussion.

The meeting was attended by Shafie, Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg and several ministers.


The fact is that China has never soften its claim on the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’.

In fact, they have grown more aggressive, be it on the diplomatic front or military might. This include the Peoples’ Liberation Army Naval Forces projecting its power and flexing its muscle in the disputed areas.

Not to mention the expansion of their military bases in the South China Sea.

If and when Malaysia loses to China’s arm-twisting tactics for the latter’s strategic interest on the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’, it would be just academic to stake a claim on the probably failed implementation on the MA63.

It is not just about portion on the revenue on the hydrocarbon extracted from the said areas but also include maritime right of passage and even fisheries.

At national level, correcting a wrong and having the separation of power and ownership and access to the purse especially on the revenue and the legal right to collect and ownership do take time to resolve.

It is a matter of legality and bureaucracy, not withstanding on the complexity of the interpretation of the various revenue laws and of course, the MA63 itself.

FMT story:

Little disagreement between federal govt and Sabah, Sarawak on MA63, says PM


Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the meeting on the review of the Malaysia Agreement 1963. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Dr Mahathir Mohamad today held a meeting for almost two hours on the review of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and said there is little disagreement between the federal government and Sabah and Sarawak governments on the matter.

He said several working papers on the various government functions were tabled at the Special Cabinet Committee (Steering Committee) to Review the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and almost all of them would be referred to the Technical Committee for an in-depth study before they are discussed at the next meeting.

“Those points which we have a little difficulty solving and we could not resolve have been referred to the Technical Committee. They will look into it.

“For example, the stamp duty. This requires an in-depth study,” he told reporters after chairing the meeting at Perdana Putra here.

The meeting was also attended by Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal and Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg.

Others who attended the meeting were Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng; Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Liew Vui Keong; Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo; Works Minister Baru Bian, Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah; Chief Secretary to the Government Ismail Bakar and Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.


Then again, Sabahans should also be mindful that Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has demonstrated his tendency to be very sticky on the demands and claims on oil royalties.

His track record the past three decades on Kelantan and Terengganu is a matter profoundly worrying.

No amount of any of the MA63 provisions could be in the interwar of Sabahans and Sarawakians if the nation’s sovereignty and right on the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is inhibited by a Super Power despite there is UNCLOS.

They should be insistent that Wisma Putra follow through the Code of Conduct on the Document of Conduct inked by South East Asian countries in 2002.

It is pointless to dial the wrong number in the quest getting positive outcome of their call.

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