Shafie ready to back amendments to Federal Constitution

SABAH Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) says he will support amendments to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia.

“I hope the Perikatan Nasional government, which has the support of Sarawakian MPs, will not only bring this issue to Dewan Rakyat but get support from PAS and Umno.

“Don’t worry, as leader of Sabah, if the amendments are in line with the spirit of Article 1(2), I am confident of giving my support, ” he

said when debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address.

However, the Semprona MP said his support was conditional upon the amendments being done to unite the nation as a whole and not merely to benefit certain individuals.

“The efforts of building a nation must touch the heart of the whole nation and not by giving projects or ministerial positions to individuals.”

On Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the issue of oil royalty to Sabah, Shafie said it was not Sabah’s intention of bankrupting Petronas by seeking 20% oil royalty for the state.

He noted that Sabah had 37% of the nation’s oil reserves or about 1.8 billion barrels and had the second largest gas reserves, but yet the state lacked development and had more than 100,000 unemployed Sabahans.

He urged lawmakers to prioritise national unity instead of divisive politics based on race and religion.

He said besides feeling the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, Sabah had also been facing intense political horse-trading since May.

Talk of a change of government in Sabah surfaced again recently following intense speculation of a political coup to wrest power from Shafie’s Parti Warisan Sabah.

Several Warisan leaders claimed they were coaxed and offered deals to switch allegiance to the opposition bloc.

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