KOTA KINABALU: De facto law minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong will be meeting Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to further discuss matters concerning the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
Liew said apart from fostering closer rapport among the Sarawak lawmakers, he also hoped to get them to better understand the proposal to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution, which among others, aims to restore Sabah and Sarawak's status as equal partners in the Federation of Malaysia.
"We did not get the Bill to amend this Article passed in Parliament, and most of those who refrained from voting were Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) MPs.
"I hope the meeting with them soon can help them understand what we are trying to achieve with regard to this proposed amendment," he said during a press conference on Saturday (April 20).
Liew said he appreciated that the Sabah state assembly had taken the initiative to endorse the amendment of Article 1(2) of the Constitution.
"This unanimous endorsement by Sabah politicians regardless of whether they are in government or opposition is a positive development for the pushing of Sabah and Sarawak's rights and equal partners status pursuant to MA63," he said.
He added tha he was confident that this move would also push Sarawak to have a similar agenda during its own state assembly sitting soon.
The proposed Bill to amend Article 1(2) of the Constitution could not proceed in Parliament last week as it failed to obtain a two-thirds vote during its second reading on April 9.
Parliamentary Select Committee will look into MA63, says Liew