KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has tabled the amendment to Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution for its second reading, which will ensure that Sabah and Sarawak will be equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia.
Dr Mahathir had said that the Pakatan Harapan government was given the mandate after winning the election and has been attentive to the needs of the rakyat, especially those in Sabah and Sarawak.
He said the needs of those in Sabah and Sarawak has been taken seriously by the Pakatan government, even before winning the May 9 elections.
"Based on this promise, Pakatan wants to return the status of Sabah and Sarawak based on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
"Based on the legal landscape currently, an amendment to the Federal Constitution is needed to be done to fulfil the needs and the wants of the people in Sabah and Sarawak," said Dr Mahathir in tabling the Bill for its second reading on Tuesday (April 9).
He said that the first step would be to amend Article 1 (2) of the Constitution, which will allow both Sabah and Sarawak to be on par with its partners in the peninsula.
Dr Mahathir said a special Cabinet committee to look into the MA63 which is represented by members from the Federal, as well as Sabah and Sarawak state governments, including the chief ministers of both states have agreed that the government first amend Article 1 (2).
"The Cabinet committee is still in the negotiation process on the matters that involve the implementation of the rights of Sabah and Sarawak under MA63.
"The negotiations will continue until consensus and compromises can be reached and accepted by all parties," he added.