Sabah Law Society president Roger Chin presenting a momento to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili after their call at the Sabah and Sarawak Division (BHESS) office in Kota Kinabalu, Tuesday.
KOTA KINABALU: A module on the historical contents and legal aspects of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) will be developed to allow public, especially the younger generation, understand its importance in the formation of Malaysia.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said the move will be jointly done with the Sabah Law Society (SLS).
“This module can be a standard material for schools and public engagements. We want to share with the people, be it school children to the elderly, to understand MA63, its history and contents, its inter-linkages, interpretations, and legal aspects.
“And we believe who better to do this with than some 800 law experts from SLS, our very own powerhouse of intellectuals,” he said after receiving a call from the Society, led by their president, Roger Chin, at the Sabah and Sarawak Affairs Division (BHESS) office, here, today.
Acknowledging SLS’ commitment, Ongkili added that they were also offering their advisory services and research for free, in addition to the existing data collected by BHESS.
“During our meeting, we realised the importance of getting the right foundation is crucial so the young people, especially, will know and understand the real history and content of the MA63.
“There have been a lot of interpretations on MA63 out there, and we hope this module will set the records right. We want to prevent the public from being misled from the true reflection of the historical agreement,” he said.
Ongkili said SLS has also requested to be part of the consultation committee on the equal status and high courts matters, under the Special Council of Malaysia Agreement 1963’s Equal Status Working Committee chaired by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law and Parliament) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.
“They (SLS) would be a good addition, especially in getting their views on the two issues,” said Ongkili.
At the event, Chin also shared SLS objectives and activities, and their views on MA63.
Sabah Law Society President Roger Chin briefing Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili on their missions and objectives during their call at the Sabah and Sarawak Division (BHESS) office in Kota Kinabalu, Tuesday.