Tabling of MA63 Bill rescheduled to Oct 26


KUCHING: The constitutional amendment Bill to recognise MA63 in the Federal Constitution will be tabled in Parliament next Tuesday (Oct 26).

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said however, the second reading of the Bill will be pushed to another date from Oct 28.

This, he said was to allow the Attorney General (AG) to further explain the proposed amendments to the Cabinet following queries from some cabinet members.

“The proposed amendment to Article 1(2) is to restore the Article to its original arrangement as it appeared in the Federal Constitution of 1963,” he said.

He added, in the proposed amendments on States of the Federation, it will then be defined as the States of Malaya (namely the states in Peninsular Malaysia) and the Borneo states of Sabah and Sarawak.

The Santubong MP was also proposing for the amendment to Article 160 (2) to include “Malaysia Day” which is on Sept 16, 1963 as currently, there is no mention of Malaysia Day in the Federal Constitution.

The other is an amendment to Article 160(2) on the interpretation of the word “the Federation” as well as Article 1(2).

“Restoring Article 1(2) to its original arrangement is not enough and it must be complemented with the amendment of Article 160(2) in order to give due recognition to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 in the Federal Constitution.

“These are among the low hanging fruits that we are focusing on right now, in line with our 100 days KPI,” he added.

Other amendments proposed included the definition of “natives” of Sarawak under Article 161A of the Federal Constitution.

“More importantly, the amendments to Article 161A are to give status of a native to the offspring of the marriage of a native to a non-native in Sarawak.

“With this amendment, the power to decide which races in Sarawak shall be recognised as being indigenous to the state shall be determined by the state through state laws.”

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