Call to limit scope of Malaya’s territorial powers

KUCHING: Sarawak has suggested that Putrajaya limit the scope of Malaya under the Territorial Sea Act 2012 (Act 750) .

Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the introduction of the Act in Parliament was in breach of Article 2 of the Federal Constitution.

“The Continental Shelf Act 1966 was extended to Sarawak by back door means, under the Emergency Powers Ordinance 1969 without the consent of the State under Article 2 of the Federal Constitution.

“This 1966 Act purportedly shrunk our State continental shelf to three nautical miles from the original 12 nautical miles under the Queen Declaration 1954,” he told New Sarawak Tribune today.

He was responding to Sabah deputy chief minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan who recently said the Sabah government would continue to oppose any attempt to enforce the Territorial Sea Act 2012 (Act 750) on Sabah and Sarawak,

Wan Junaidi said while he was not in the state administration, he was sure that Sarawak shared the same view as Sabah.

“The introduction of the Territorial Sea Act 2012 in Parliament was also in breach of the Article 2 of the Federal Constitution. Whether it could fall under the residual power of Emergency 1969, Article 150(7) is arguable,” he said.