Political will needed to pursue ‘Wilayah’ issue

Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie

KUCHING: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin must have the political will to pursue the change of term for Sarawak to be referred as ‘wilayah’ in the parliament, said Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) women chief Datuk Seri Doris Sophia Brodie.

She said however for an amendment to be made to the Federal Constitution, it needs a two-third majority support from the MPs.

“In my opinion, if physical changes are made to related articles and clauses in the Federal Constitution, Sarawak stands to benefit fairly as we rightly hold one-third stake of what is to Malaysia and this should also include a one-third of parliamentary seats allocation among other things,” she said.

She added Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s statement was right that the term ‘wilayah’ for Sarawak needed to be addressed by the legal experts and it must be in accordance with what’s enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“However, for this to materialise, it requires an amendment be made to Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution to redefine the terms that affect Sarawak’s status in Malaysia,” she said.

Doris said rhetoric will not bring any change to Sarawak or Sarawakians.

“It only warms the heart and is pleasant to the ears when Muhyiddin referred to Sarawak as a region,” she said.