State to be consulted on federal laws that affecting Sarawak

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

KUCHING: The state government will be consulted on all federal legislations affecting Sarawak.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this was among the achievements made by the Sarawak government to reinstate eroded state powers.

“The state government will be consulted in the drafting of federal legislations which have bearing or impact on the state government of Sarawak, where provided by law,” he said when addressing the state-level Malaysia Day celebration at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) complex on Thursday (Sept 16).

Abang Johari noted that the Sarawak government has made leaps and bounds in attaining eroded state powers.

“This includes authorising state legal officers as authorised by the public prosecutor under the Criminal Procedure Code to conduct prosecution for offences under state ordinances from the stage a person is charged in the lower court until the appeal stage.

“The number of posts in the Sarawak Immigration Department is also being increased to improve the department’s enforcement functions in the state with the creation of 100 new posts,” he said.

Thirdly, increasing the ratio of Sarawak-born teachers serving in the state to about 90 percent of the total number of teachers in Sarawak, Abang Johari said.

“To ensure that this target is achieved, temporary teachers from the open market are to be considered from time to time.”

On development, the chief minister said priority would be given to the five-year Sarawak State Development Plan for planning of federal projects in the state based on the approved budget.

“Implementation of the projects will be referred or negotiated between the Federal Ministry and the state government such as determining the location of schools, hospitals and the implementation of other development projects, particularly in rural areas”.