Monday, November 28, 2022

Abang Johari: Federal Government cannot amend Malaysia Agreement 1963  on its own

Secara Rawak

KUCHING: The Federal Government alone cannot amend the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) on its own because it is an international treaty and the rights of Sarawak are enshrined in the MA63 which has not been amended by all the signatory parties as peers.

The signatory parties are the Federal Government, the Sarawak Government, the Sabah Government and the United Kingdom Government.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said, the terms and conditions of the MA63 has not been changed as it has not been amended by all the signatory parties.

”We in Sarawak continue to exert our rights under MA63 because if we don’t look after ourselves, nobody else will. Sarawakians have been too trusting,” he said in his winding up speech yesterday.

Now, according to Abang Johari, Sarawakians are even more vigilant, because many of our native sons and daughters are now highly educated, can read and write, and are aware of what is going on. We do not want wool to be pulled over our eyes.

“We can see clearly now. We will do due diligence in all our agreements. We are exerting our rights under MA63 because we want to safeguard our economic interests for the present and future generations of Sarawakians. It is about reclaiming what God has given us for our fair share of the earth,” he stressed.

He added, Sarawak’s rights over our offshore resources were taken away by Acts of Parliament and not by this august House.

“The Continental Shelf Act, 1966 vested the rights with respect to the exploration of the continental shelf and the exploration of its natural resources in the Federation and be exercisable only by the Federal Government,” he pointed out.

The Territorial Sea Act 2012 limited Sarawak’s territorial sea limits to 3 nautical miles.

This Act purportedly was enacted to, amongst others, to comply with the United Nation Convention on the Law of the Sea, in which Malaysia is a signatory.

Under this Convention, the territorial seas of the nation states are limited to 12 nautical miles.

However, he said, by unilaterally reducing the territorial sea of Sarawak to 3 nautical miles, the territorial sea of Sarawak is reduced by 9 nautical miles. This affects the rights of the State to the natural resources within the territorial seas.

“The Petroleum Development Act 1974 provides that all the rights to exploration and exportation of petroleum both onshore and offshore in the Federation including Sarawak are placed under the sole authority of Petronas. This clearly is an act to exploit the petroleum resources of Sarawak. By agreeing to compensate us in cash, an amount which we all now consider to be inadequate, the Federal Government has acknowledged our rights to our petroleum resources,” he added. – Sarawakvoice

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