Law Minister: Constitutional amendment needed before Sabah and Sarawak can be restored as equal partners


  • Nation
  • Monday, 08 Oct 2018

Datuk Liew Vui Keong. -Star filepic

KUCHING: An amendment to the Federal Constitution is the first step towards implementing the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and restoring Sabah and Sarawak's status as equal partners, says de facto law minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong.  

He said this was necessary because Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution was amended in 1976 to downgrade Sabah and Sarawak as the 12th and 13th states instead of equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia. 

"This is very important. We want to restore it to pre-1976 (status) to make us equal partners. Once this is done, I think the rest will follow.

"We have to start with this first. Then we can talk about oil royalty, equal distribution and regional development," he told reporters after meeting the Advocates Association of Sarawak here on Monday (Oct 8).

As any amendment to the Federal Constitution requires a two-thirds majority in Parliament before it can be passed, Liew said he would reach out to opposition MPs for their support.

"I met some of them in the last Parliament session and tonight (Oct 8) I'll be meeting some more. It's an ongoing process.

"I think when it comes to MA63, no one will say no," he said.

Liew also said the line-up and terms of reference of the special Cabinet committee on MA63 would be presented at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (Oct 10) for approval.

He said it would comprise a steering committee chaired by the Prime Minister with members including the chief ministers of Sabah and Sarawak, a technical committee and a working committee.

"The working committee will do all the preliminary work for the technical committee to look at and make necessary adjustments before it goes to the steering committee.

"Once that is done, we will see the implementation of the Malaysia Agreement," he said.

 

 
Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 0
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Nation

RM7mil allocated for 'quick win' flood solutions in Batu Pahat, says Zahid
ROS confirms Umno's no contest motion did not breach any rules, regulations, says Ahmad Maslan
Traffic cops receive certificates of recognition for helping pregnant woman
Umno purge: Hisham says he will not appeal his suspension
Youth and Sports Ministry wants probe into alleged racist remarks by national hockey player
Nurul Izzah's appointment will affect corruption perception index, says Transparency International
Comms Minister Fahmi appointed govt spokesman
Nurul Izzah capable, appointment as adviser not a liability, says economist
Woman files leave to appeal against court decision to reinstate her as a Muslim
Police record 41% rise in accidents during this year's Ops Selamat

Others Also Read