KUCHING: The federal government will come up with a comprehensive amendment to the Federal Constitution to restore Sarawak and Sabah’s status in the federation.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg noted that the proposed amendments particularly to Article 1(2) and Article 160(2) of the Federal Constitution reflected the true spirit of the federation when the parties signed the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“These amendments, to the definition of ‘the Federation’ under Article 160(2), are crucial and must be done so that MA63 and its annexes are recognised in the Federal Constitution.
“This amendment would also introduce the definition of ‘Malaysia Day’ which was never before defined,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
Earlier, he received a courtesy call from Federal Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib.
They discussed matters including the proposed amendments to the Federal Constitution and MA63 as well as issues on Sarawak’s interest.
Abang Johari said the proposed amendment to the Federal Constitution to restore Sarawak and Sabah’s status in the federation was the second attempt to amend the articles in the supreme law.
“The first attempt in 2019 failed because it did not receive the required two-thirds majority support of the MPs,” he said.
He said the Sarawak government and its MPs did not lend its support to the earlier amendment proposed by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government as it was purely cosmetic in nature.
“It did not reflect the special status of Sabah and Sarawak as envisaged in MA63 and its annexed instruments.
“These new proposed amendments to the Federal Constitution, particularly Article 1(2) and Article 160(2) are more comprehensive and reflects the true spirit and intention of the parties when they entered into the MA63,” he said.