Sarawak Seeks to Amend Articles of Federal Constitution, Says State Deputy Attorney General | Malaysia

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Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said the state government has proposed an amendment to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to include the words “in accordance with the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 (MA63)”. — Photo by Borneo Post Online

KUCHING, Aug. 12 – The state government has proposed an amendment to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to include the words “in accordance with the Malaysian Agreement of 1963 (MA63)” to restore the status of the Sarawak, said Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali. .

The Deputy Minister for Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring said the key words are relevant to reflect the spirit of Malaysia in the context of MA63.

“We propose to amend Section 1(2) of the Federal Constitution by adding: The States of the Federation shall comply with MA63.

“We want to include the words ‘consistent with MA63’ in Article 1(2),” she said during a virtual seminar titled “Navigating the Impacts of Malaysia’s 1963 Agreement on National Integrity organized by the Sarawak Unity Foundation (YPS) on Facebook. today.

Currently, Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution reads as follows: “The States of the Federation are Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu. ”

Sharifah Hasidah said the state government proposed this to the allies working committee, which was one of three working committees set up under the special council on MA63 on December 2 last year.

The other two working committees, also set up late last year, were State Security and Socioeconomics.

The three working committees are supposed to monitor the implementation of MA63.

“The Allies Working Committee focuses on legal issues, particularly on amending the Federal Constitution. In addition to Article 1(2), the Sarawak government has also proposed an amendment to Article 160(2), on the definition of “the Federation”.

“Now the Federal Constitution says ‘the Federation’ means the Federation established under the Federation of Malaya Agreement of 1957,” she said.

She pointed out that the definition of “The Federation” in the Federal Constitution needs to be amended to reflect that Malaysia is a federation established under MA63 and not the Malaysia Agreement of 1957.

She pointed out that there would be no Malaysia without MA63 and therefore the proposal reflected reality.

“The proposal is now with the Federal Government, but it will not be presented anytime soon given the political developments in Peninsular Malaysia,” she said.

Sharifah Hasidah said the state government has also proposed an amendment to Section 161A(7) to define Ibans, Bidayuhs and Lun Bawangs as native Sarawak.

The article now reads: “The races to be treated for the purposes of the definition of ‘native’ in clause (6) as native to Sarawak are Bukitans, Bisayahs, Dusuns, Sea Dayaks, Land Dayaks , Kadayans, Kalabits, Kayans, Kenyahs (including Sabups and Sipengs), Kajangs (including Sekapans, Kejamans, Lahanans, Punans, Tanjongs and Kanowits), Lugats, Lisums, Malays, Melanos, Muruts, Penans, Sians, Tagals, Tabuns and Ukits.

“We also want to propose to amend and transfer tourism and environment matters from the federal list to the concurrent list, whereby Sarawak will have more autonomy to decide on tourism and environment matters,” he said. she declared.

According to Sharifah Hasidah, the State Security Working Committee focuses on security issues, particularly national registration and citizenship issues, as well as issues of stateless children in Sarawak.

She said the committee also deals with border security issues.

“As part of the working committee on socioeconomics, eight sub-groups have been created to discuss the issues identified by this committee.

“This committee must propose long-term solutions to various issues. He will also discuss health and education issues as we want more autonomy in health and education in Sarawak,” she added. — Borneo Post Online

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