No To Re-negotiation Of MA63; Anak Negeri Looks At PH For GE14 Pact

By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KOTA KINABALU: Should the opposition coalition form the next State government, Parti Kerjasama Anak Negeri (Anak Negeri) will push for the formation of an “MA63 Review Committee” or “State Commission of Inquiry” comprising of lawyers, civil servants, university professors and politicians.

Anak Negri will also propose to the next state government to engage the services of the Queens Counsel from England specializing on constitutional law to advise and do three things for the state government and the Review Committee.

In a statement, Henrynus Amin, the Anak Negeri president also said his party is agreeable in principle, and views favourably, the prospect of supporting and working with Pakatan Harapan as a viable alternative to Barisan Nasional in the forthcoming general elections (GE14).

HENRYNUS AMIN

“But our support for PH is conditional upon its acceptance of our five-core objectives which include demands for the fulfilment or full implementation of MA63 in order to remove the last vestiges of colonialism in federal state relation,” he stressed.

Henrynus however, was quick to add that his party opposes any deal that involved re-negotiation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963, as it is an international treaty that provided the legal basis for the formation of Malaysia.

He said the party is seeking for the unconditional and full implementation of the promises, assurances or terms of MA63, not renegotiation.

According to Henrynus, a former Member of Parliament, his proposed committees would firstly investigate all the promises and assurances, written or verbal, that led then Sabah leaders to agree to the formation of Malaysia.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad, left, says Pakatan Harapan has a ‘New Deal’ for Sabah and Sarawak. – Photo credit The Malaysian Insight/Najjua Zulkefli

“Secondly, to study all state and federal laws relevant to MA63 that have been changed, amended or repealed and determined whether these laws were done in compliance with the requirements of the law.

“Third, to write their opinion and make recommendations to the State Government which would be brought to the State Assembly for approval,” he explained.

He also said the party will seek verification from Pakatan Harapan on the recent statement by Dr Mahathir Mohammad in Kuching Sarawak which allegedly called for renegotiation of MA63.

“If indeed it was true, then Tun Mahathir obviously must change his rhetoric on MA63 to satisfy local sentiments if Pakatan Harapan were to be seriously considered by Sabah opposition political parties,” he said.

In the same statement Henrynus accused Gerakan Sabah of paying lip service to MA63 as the party has done nothing to bring back state powers they believed stolen during Dr Mahathir’s era as Prime Minister.