KOTA KINABALU, Dec 15 – The passage of the Federal Constitution Amendment Bill 2021 has been a groundbreaking and massive legal breakthrough for Sabah and Sarawak, and for the nation as a whole, the Minister of the Department of Prime Minister (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs), Datuk Seri Maximus Ongkili.
He said that all pre-constitutional documents such as the Malaysia Accord, the Intergovernmental Committee (IGC) report, the Cobbold Commission report and even the 20 points and 18 points can now be directly cited as legal and constitutional as they were all annexes of Malaysia. Malaysia Law and Agreement.
“This is indeed a massive historic legal breakthrough,” the MP for Kota Marudu said in a statement here today.
The bill, passed yesterday with a majority of more than two-thirds by a block vote, will see MA63 placed on an equal footing with the 1948 Federal Agreement and the 1957 Federal Agreement.
Party Chairman Bersatu Sabah explained that with the amendments to Article 1(2) and Article 160(2) of MA63, it would become enshrined in the Federal Constitution and a fundamental reference of the rights of the States of Borneo of Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysian Federation.
Ongkili said that state rights and assurances such as oil and gas, economic progress, especially in infrastructure, education, health, religion, culture and indigenous rights, security, digital technology and the like would have legal weight and could not be ignored because they had legal value. documents in support of States’ claims.
“The main task now is to ensure that the terms of the MA63 agreement will be implemented.
“I am confident that the constitutional amendment will strengthen the federation as the federal government and the governments of Sabah and Sarawak work more closely together and deliver the rights and privileges contained in MA63.
“It is also a victory for everyone after 58 years of the formation of Malaysia, where MA63 became part of the Federal Constitution,” he added. — Bernama