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Masing question timing and agenda of Mahathir's pledge to review Malaysia Agreement


KUCHING: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's pledge to review the Malaysia Agreement if Pakatan Harapan comes to power is a political gimmick to entice Sarawak voters, says Tan Sri James Masing (pic).


The Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister said it was ironic that Dr Mahathir only wanted to look at the Malaysia Agreement now, but did not do so during his premiership.


"When he was the prime minister for 22 years, he never touched on it. Only today, when he wants us to vote for Pakatan, then he says he will review it, that shows his intention and agenda are to win the coming election, that's all" Masing told reporters after handing over rural project cheques to various recipients here on Tuesday.


At a ceramah here on Sunday night, Dr Mahathir said Pakatan would revisit the Malaysia Agreement to ensure a fair deal for Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia.


The former premier, who is now Pakatan chairman, also said the Opposition coalition intended to renegotiate the petroleum revenue agreement with Sarawak and Sabah, and to restore education autonomy to both states.


Masing said the state government was already in talks with the Federal Government on the devolution of power and restoring Sarawak's rights, something which did not happen during Dr Mahathir's tenure as prime minister.



"The meetings are going on and I believe we have a positive response from the Federal Government," he said.