Not pursuing the MA1963, is an abandonment of our moral responsibility to our people and our future generations

By former Petagas assemblyman Datuk James Ligunjang

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KOTA KINABALU: The Malaysia Agreement 1963 was designed to foster economic and political collaboration between the Federation of Malaya, Singapore, Sabah, and Sarawak.

It aimed to ensure the wellbeing and interests of the people in Sabah and Sarawak were safeguarded. The agreement guaranteed certain rights and privileges, including autonomy and a fair distribution of resources.

However, for the past five decades, these promises have remained unfulfilled, leading to marginalization and discontent among the people of Sabah and Sarawak.

The non-compliance with Article 112C and 112D in the Federal Constitution, which directly relates to MA63, has resulted in neglect and disenfranchisement.

By neglecting the Malaysia Agreement 1963, we are neglecting the hopes and dreams of our people and those of our future generations. They deserve equal opportunities and fair representation to participate in the political, economic, and social progress of our nation. Ignoring the agreement not only hinders our chances of a better future but also perpetuates an unfair system that biases certain regions over others.

It is our duty to rectify these longstanding injustices. The Malaysia Agreement 1963 sought to address the historical grievances of Sabah and Sarawak, which endured colonial rule.

By disregarding this agreement, we are perpetuating the legacy of oppression and colonialism, which contradicts our moral responsibility to create a just and inclusive Malaysian society.

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