PUTRAJAYA — Dec. 17, 2018: The special steering Cabinet committee to review the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) held its first meeting here today to propose to the government on restoring the rights and autonomy of Sabah and Sarawak.
The meeting chaired by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was attended by Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal and Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari.
According to a statement by Minister in the PM’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong , the issues tabled included proposals to return all rights of autonomy on matters pertaining to finance, petroleum, mining and gas exploration; legal; land and produce from land; federal and state public works; maritime and fisheries; human resources and public services.
The Legal Affairs Division in the PM’s Department had earlier held a series of meetings with the Sabah and Sarawak governments, Attorney-General’s Chambers, Finance Ministry, Economic Affairs Ministry and the Public Services Department this year.
Apart from the relevant federal and state ministers, others at today’s meeting were Attorney-General Tommy Thomas, Sabah Chief Justice Datuk David Wong and constitutional law expert Professor Datuk Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi.
The committee will meet every two months once and was given six months from today to table its final report. — Bernama