Azmin welcomes S’wak’s proposed consultative committee

Posted on : 08 Nov 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post
 


Abang Johari (fourth left) welcomes Azmin (sixth right) during the courtesy call. Also seen are (from left) are Awang Tengah, Masing, Uggah, Baru, Ali (right) and other senior officers under the Economic Affairs Ministry.

KUCHING: Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali welcomes Sarawak’s decision to form a Consultative Committee to determine and agree upon the representations for submission for the Sarawak representatives of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Steering Committee.

According to Azmin, this is also in line with the decision by the Pakatan Harapan federal government to ensure that Sarawak and Sabah will be well represented in the Steering Committee to review and discuss the implementation of MA63.

“We welcome the decision by the state to form a consultative committee that is also in line with the decision by the federal government to ensure that Sabah and Sarawak will be well represented in this committee to review and discuss the implementation of MA63,” he told a press conference after paying a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at his office in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building today.

The courtesy call was also attended by Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing.

Azmin was accompanied during the courtesy call by Works Minister Baru Bian, Saratok MP Ali Biju as well as senior officers under his ministry, including from the Prime Minister’s Department Economic Planning Unit and Implementation Coordination Unit.

Sarawak achieved another milestone yesterday at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) after all the assemblypersons from both government and the opposition sides unanimously voted in favour of establishing a Consultative Committee to determine and agree upon the representations for submission to the Sarawak representatives of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Steering Committee.

The setting up of the Consultative Committee to comprise of members from all political parties represented in the august house was moved by Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (PBB-Asajaya) in his ministerial motion under Standing Order 23(1)(a) read together with Standing Order 89 and Article 24(1) of the State Constitution.

The Consultative Committee was proposed as a response to the formation of MA63 Steering Committee on Sept 5 chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, which was described as being lopsided because it had only three representations from Sarawak.

The motion was put to vote by DUN speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar after the debates ended, and received all-round support from all the assemblypersons with Asfia declaring the motion as unanimously approved.