New date for tabling of MA63 bill

PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has decided to set another date for the tabling of the bill to amend several provisions in the Federal Constitution relating to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said the postponement was triggered as consensus could not be reached on the proposed amendments to some of the relevant articles in the Federal Constitution during an engagement session on Sunday, which was also attended by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

The bill was initially scheduled to be tabled at Dewan Rakyat tomorrow (Oct 26) followed by the second reading on Oct 28 (2021).

Wan Junaidi in a statement yesterday (Oct 25) said the new date for the first reading of the bill would be determined after a briefing by the Attorney-General (AG) on the matter during the Cabinet meeting this Friday.

“Although the Cabinet has in principle agreed to the proposed bill, there are several ministers who are seeking further clarification on the amendments. That is why the Cabinet has decided that it would be best to set a new date to table the bill after the briefing by the AG,” he said.

Wan Junaidi said the decision was made to ensure that the bill would obtain full support from all the ministers.