Sabah govt backs amendment to Federal Constitution for MA63 compliance

KOTA KINABALU: The Gabungan Rakyat Sabah-led state government fully supports the proposed Bill to reinstate Sabah's position in the Federation, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

He said that the proposed amendments tabled Parliament last month was a result of persistence on the part of Sabah and Sarawak.

Hajiji said that he and his Sarawak counterpart have submitted the states’ demands at the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Special Council chaired by the Prime Minister himself.

“So, the Bill to amend the Federal Constitution is actually a product of the MA63 Special Council decision that took into account the requests from both Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.

“The Sabah government sees the formation of the MA63 Special Council as a crucial phase and a manifestation of the government-of-the-day’s readiness to resolve issues that had been agreed before this,” added Hajiji.

Speaking at the briefing on the MA63 Special Council for Sabah assemblymen at the State Legislative Assembly mini auditorium near here on Saturday (Dec 4), Hajiji said a technical committee has also been set up.

He said the committee chaired by Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun will negotiate for a larger share of oil and gas revenue from Petronas.

Hajiji said he had personally met with the Petronas president to discuss the Commercial Cooperation Agreement (CCA), which he said would be inked soon.

“Through the CCA, Sabah will have greater revenue-sharing as well as greater participation and say in our oil and gas matters,” he said.

The special briefing for assemblymen was aimed at providing an insight on the latest development of the Sabah and Sarawak state governments’ demands that have been submitted to the Federal Government through the MA63 Special Council.

Among those present at the meeting were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili and Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

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