Sarawak will benefit if recognised as ‘wilayah’

Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah

KUCHING: Whether Sarawak will be called a wilayah (region) depends on the legal experts and the outcome of the negotiations on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), said Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.

The Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development pointed out that at the political level, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had already referred Sarawak as a region in his public speech.

“This shows the strong endorsement by the prime minister. With his public reference, our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg also referred Sarawak as a region publicly.

“Once deemed legally right, the term will have far reaching implications politically. It means Sarawak will be one of the regions that will have an increase in representation of MPs,” she said.

Fatimah added that the state would benefit financially if it was legally recognised as a region.

“There will be more project allocations from the federal government,” she explained.