KUALA LUMPUR: The Senate passed the Bill to Amend the Federal Constitution in accordance with the provisions of the Malaysia Accord (MA63) with a majority of more than two-thirds.
Forty-nine senators voted in favor of the bill en bloc after second and third readings, while five others were absent.
Senate President Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim said yesterday’s block vote was done because Article 159 of the Federal Constitution stipulated that such a bill would only be passed if passed. supported at second and third readings by the votes of at least two-thirds. of the total number of members of the Senate.
He said no senator voted against the bill in both readings, according to Bernama.
On December 14, the bill passed in the Dewan Rakyat, also with a majority of more than two-thirds.
In a press conference later, Minister of Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said with the green light given by both Houses of Parliament, the bill only required Royal Assent before it can become an Act of Parliament.
“I am really grateful to all quarters. We are all here within the framework of history to include the provisions of MA63 in the Constitution, to recognize the agreement itself and for Sabah and Sarawak to carry out the provisions of the agreement with Malaysia.
“Therefore, I would like to thank all members of Dewan Negara and Dewan Rakyat for their support of the plan developed by consensus by the Sabah, Sarawak and Federal Governments to make the hope and aspiration of the people of Sabah and Sarawak a reality,” he said.
The Bill recognizes the claims and special status of Sabah and Sarawak upon joining Malaysia in the Federal Constitution in accordance with the provisions of MA63, thereby strengthening the position of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federation of Malaysia.
The changes concerned the list of States of the Federation in clause 2 of article 1; the definition of Federation and the new definition of Malaysia Day in clause 2 of article 160; the indigenous races of Sarawak in clause (6) (a) of section 161A; and to delete clause 7 of section 161A of the Federal Constitution.