KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 ― The Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) today dismissed allegations that the state government will be opening doors for foreign intervention by sending lawyers to London to study the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“Foreign interference ― that cannot be correct. This move shows we are serious. The chief minister is serious and we are sending a good team of lawyers down there to do a complete study to establish our legal stand,” the state's ruling party's secretary-general and Piasau state assemblyman, Datuk Sebastian Ting, said.
Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) deputy president Salahuddin Ayub yesterday expressed concern on the possibility of foreign meddling, after Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Openg announced that the state government was sending a delegation to the UK to study the MA63.
Following the announcement, Sarawak DAP had also questioned the rationale behind the move, when the said document was already available in the state.
“SUPP has a good collection but we do not claim to have 100 per cent of the important references and documents relating the rights and conditions of MA63, and therefore, sending this legal team from Sarawak is the right thing to do”.
“We do not know if there are other documents that we may have missed out. In order to prepare our position, we must have all the relevant documents for a full presentation," Ting was quoted saying in response, adding that while SUPP possessed the reference documents, it did not obtain the document from the source directly.