Sarawak submits proposal to amend Article 1(2) and 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg during his address. Photo: JAPEN

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has proposed for the federal government to introduce an amendment to Article 1(2) and 160(2) of the Federal Constitution.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the proposed amendment is to solidify Sarawak’s status in the constitution in accordance with Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“The State Attorney General’s Chambers has submitted its written comments on March 30 while the Attorney General’s Chambers submitted its written comments on April 2 to the Sarawak and Sabah Attorney General’s Chambers.

“This means that this matter will be included in the negotiations pertaining to MA63 and we shall resolve to amend the Federal Constitution as proposed,” he said.

He said this during his address at the state-level Malaysia Day celebration at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly complex on Thursday (Sept 16).

Meanwhile on the allocation of special grants to Sabah and Sarawak by the federal government, Abang Johari said the state government was currently negotiating with Putrajaya to agree on a formula.

“On Article 112 (d) relating to special grants to Sarawak and Sabah, negotiations are underway with the federal government to review the quantum that should be allocated to the states,” he said.

At the same time, the chief minister said Sarawak had also sought for a return of power in environmental management to the state from the federal government.

“Putrajaya has agreed in principle to give enforcement powers as contained in the Environmental Quality Control Act (1974) to officers of the Sarawak Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) under the Natural Resources Ordinance and Environment (Amendment) 2019.

“The NREB and the Ministry of Environment will determine the method of implementation of the transfer of power,” he said.