Fadillah MA63: The Cabinet must finalise the different jurisdictions of federal, Sabah and Sarawak

The Cabinet must finalise a number of differing interpretations regarding jurisdictions. This includes those regarding land and borders in Sabah and Sarawak as well as at the federal level.

The Energy Transition and Water Transformation minister stated that this matter was discussed at the technical committee under the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 (MA63), Implementation Action Council which he presided on May 28, 2008.

Different interpretations are given to the waters that we have jurisdiction over, as well as our continental shelf, i.e., where our borders are. Sarawak’s understanding is that before Malaysia was established, we had our own laws and borders.

There are differences in interpretations at the state and federal levels of Sabah and Sarawak. The Cabinet must decide the direction of this matter. “There are certain things that we can agree to disagree about,” he said after officiating at the Dragon Boat Festival here in Singapore on Sunday (9 June).

He said that the issue of stamp duty conflict between the federal government and the two states is one of the issues to be resolved at the meeting.

The Constitution states that stamp duty falls under federal jurisdiction. “This is another example of different interpretations and we need to resolve it,” said he.

Sarawak representatives at previous MA63 Implementation Action Council meetings included all three Sarawak deputy premiers, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, and Datuk Amar Dr Sim Kui Hian, while Sabah was represented by Deputy Chief Minister I Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey G Kitingan.

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