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Sarawak forms special committee on autonomy, awaits federal rep

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg says the state administration was still waiting for the federal government to identify its representative. — Picture by Sulok Tawie
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg says the state administration was still waiting for the federal government to identify its representative. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 — Sarawak has created a special committee to discuss the second phase of power devolution from the federal government, but is awaiting for a representative from Putrajaya for this to proceed.

The Borneo Post reported that the committee comprises Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, his three deputy chief ministers, and a still-unnamed representative from the federal government.

Abang Johari was reported as saying that, as of yesterday, the state administration was still waiting for the federal government to identify its representative.

“Now we are going with the second phase of devolution of power that touches on our constitutional rights.

“This is a delicate issue and we must not do it based on emotions. It must be based on facts. We will go for discussions based on all the documents we have and based on facts,” he reportedly told a news conference after chairing the first state Barisan Nasional (BN) supreme council meeting of the year at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters.

Abang Johari, who is state BN chairman and PBB president, said the special committee was formed based on the original Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC), which was to have reviewed the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) 10 years after the formation of Malaysia.

He added that a technical committee headed by the state’s Attorney-General was also tasked with following up on the matter.

Abang Johari was further quoted saying that said the technical committee will look at the general policies, as “there are areas that are to be discussed at a higher level”.

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