Call to repeal laws that undermine rights of Sarawak

SIBU: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) wants three laws which undermine the rights of the state to be tabled and subsequently, a motion passed to repeal them at the ongoing State Legislative Assembly sitting.

The three laws are Territorial Seas Act 2012 (Act 750), Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974 and Federal Constitution Article 1 (2).

Under the Territorial Sea Act 2012, it unilaterally reduced the territorial sea of Sarawak from 12 nautical miles to three miles (a reduction of nine nautical miles) while under PDA, it allowed Petronas to have vested interest over oil and gas in Sarawak.

Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution, meanwhile, downgraded Sarawak from a negara status to one of the 13 states in the country, which breached Malaysia Agreement 1963.

Yesterday, PBK chairman Yii Chin Liik said the three laws were passed in Parliament without endorsement from the State Legislative Assembly. “These three laws are in breach of the Federal Constitution Article 1 (4) and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 which downgrades the status of the state,” he added.

Yii said the formation of these laws had destroyed the rights of the state and should not be taken lightly by the elected representatives.

“We have read so much on these laws. It is about time that they be tabled and repealed in the state assembly sitting,” he said.

Yii hoped that with the repeal of these laws, it would help to return the rights and autonomy of the state, long eroded after the formation of Malaysia.

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