MA63 To Be Revived; Mahathir Wants To Focus On Implementation Issues

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prime Minister has assured that the government would also “revive” the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and will focus on implementing the matters contained therein based on the government’s ability.

According to a Bernama report, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (picture) also said he hoped the parties representing Sabah and Sarawak could voice their views to ensure that the government could develop both states.

“In the Cabinet, we also have enough representatives from Sabah and Sarawak and they are not people who keep quiet but frequently chide and give attention to the situation in these two States,” he said here Saturday.

Speaking at a dialogue session during the Congress on the Future of Bumiputera and the Nation here today, Dr Mahathir assured that the government would give fair treatment to Sabah and Sarawak and will not differentiate between policy and development implementation in the two states with those in Peninsular Malaysia.

The prime minister said, in terms of minimum wage for example, both states would enjoy the same amount as in Peninsular Malaysia besides infrastructure development.

“We need to develop infrastructure in Sabah and Sarawak, but it should be remembered that the population there is less than the peninsula.

“That’s why it looks as though we are giving priority to the people in the peninsula but actually we take into account the return on investment, whether the infrastructure can be fully utilised by the people of Sabah and Sarawak,” he said

He was asked on the government measures taken by the government to help Sabah and Sarawak so that the two states would attain progress as in Peninsular Malaysia.

Sabah in particular has been fighting for its 40 percent share of taxes and other fees collected from the State while along with Sarawak, is hoping that oil royalty will go up to 20 percent.


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