Fed laws unfavourable to Sarawak, Sabah must go

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KUCHING: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) has appealed to federal de facto law minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar to move for revocations of federal laws that do not favour Sarawak and Sabah. 

Party president Voon Lee Shan said this would enable the rights that belonged to Sarawak and Sabah could be returned and preserved.

“Wan Junaidi should move in parliament to revoke the Petroleum Development Act 1974, the Continental Shelf Act 1966, Petroleum Mining Act 1966 and Territorial Sea Act 2012.

“These Acts passed by parliament had affected Sarawak’s rights. The laws had allowed the taking of Sarawak’s oil and gas resources by Petronas and must be viewed as illegal and unconstitutional.

“By the operation of these Acts, Sarawak had lost her wealth in billions of ringgit each year, leaving the state to become a ‘beggar’ and treated as a ‘step-son’ by the federal government,” Voon said on Friday (Sept 10).

The PBK chief also said the law minister should ensure that the proposed Bill on the control and restriction of the development of non-Muslims’ religions be blocked.

He said the proposed Bill which was mooted by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Ahmad Marzuk Shaary was encroaching into treacherous waters.

“This can spark racial and religious riots among Muslims and non-Muslims in Malaysia and Borneo. We need to understand that Borneo has a very large non-Muslim population and many Borneo people are in Malaya too,” he said.

On Tuesday, Wan Junaidi said examining the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) as well as the transformation of the government and Parliament systems would be his priority in his first 100 days in office.

The minister said he had discussed the matter with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and the premier had principally agreed for these transformation plans to be looked into.

“It is indeed timely to carry out the necessary improvements and transformation of the current government and Parliament systems to suit the current social and political situation as well as to be more equipped in dealing with modern-day challenges,” the Santubong MP said.

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