Sarawak CM: Comprehensive Amendments to Federal Constitution Proposed to Reflect True Spirit and Intent of MA63 | Malaysia

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Abang Johari Tun Openg speaks during a virtual press conference in Kota Kinabalu on October 15, 2021. – Photo courtesy of Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office

KUCHING, October 15 – The proposed amendments to Article 1(2) and Article 160(2) of the Federal Constitution are more comprehensive and reflect the true spirit and intent of the parties who signed the Malaysia of 1963 (MA63), said Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The Chief Minister said these amendments to the definition of “the Federation” under Section 160(2) are crucial and must be made for MA63 and its annexes to be recognized in the Federal Constitution.

“This amendment would also introduce the definition of ‘Malaysia Day’, which has never been defined before,” he told a virtual press conference following a courtesy call from the department’s minister. Prime Minister (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Today, Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs).

Abang Johari said they also discussed the proposed amendment to the definition of “indigenous” under Section 161A of the Federal Constitution.

With this, he said the power to decide which races would be recognized as indigenous to Sarawak would be determined by state laws.

He pointed out that this was the second attempt to amend these articles of the Federal Constitution, after the first in 2019, which had failed because it did not obtain the required two-thirds majority support in Parliament. .

“The Government of Sarawak did not support the previous amendment as, in our view, the amendment was purely cosmetic in nature and did not reflect the special status of Sabah and Sarawak as contemplated in MA63 and its annexed instruments,” he added. — Borneo Post

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