Dewan Negara Passes Bill to Amend Federal Constitution in Accordance with MA63 | Malaysia

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Dewan Negara President Tan Sri Rais Yatim presides over Senate debates in Dewan Negara on December 22, 2021. – Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR, December 23 – The Senate today 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 reading, while five others were absent.

Senate President Tan Sri Rais Yatim said the block vote was taken because Article 159 of the Federal Constitution stipulated that such a bill would not be passed unless it was supported in second and third readings by the votes of at least two-thirds of the votes. the total number of members of the Senate.

He said no senator voted against the bill in both readings.

On December 14, the bill passed in the Dewan Rakyat, also with a majority of more than two-thirds.

At a press conference later, Minister of Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said with the green light given by both Houses of Parliament, the bill only required the 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 the 1963 Malaysia Agreement in the Constitution, to recognize the Agreement itself and for Sabah and Sarawak to realize the provisions of the Malaysia Agreement.

“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 the Malaysia Agreement of 1963, thereby strengthening the position of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federation from 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. — Bernama

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