KUCHING: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) does not oppose amending Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution but wants a complete package of amendments to restore Sarawak's rights, says Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian.
The Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) president said this included amending Article 160 along with Article 1(2) so as to reinstate Sarawak's equal partner status in form and substance.
"Since we are meant to come together to right the wrongs made in the past, there is no reason why we can't iron out all the issues, including a third of parliamentary seats and a third of national resources and revenue, once and for all before we are hurried into passing any amendments to the constitution," he said in a statement on Wednesday (April 10).
Dr Sim also said the Pakatan Harapan government's failure to obtain a two-thirds majority in Parliament for the Constitutional amendment was due to "their own folly" in ignoring Sarawak's demand to amend the definition of "federation" in Article 160.
He said that it should have been amended to mean the Federation of Malaysia established under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and not one under the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1957.
In this respect, he said Sarawak's Pakatan MPs were a "huge letdown" to Sarawakians when they pushed Sarawak to agree on cosmetic changes to the amendment Bill but did not confront the Pakatan government on its refusal to mention MA63 in the constitution to acknowledge Sarawak's equal status.
"As I stressed before, it is time for Sarawakians to decide our fate as this is the most valid and democratic way to ascertain our people's aspirations," he said.