Citizens of Sarawak and Sabah should not be happy with the gazette of Constitution (Amendment) Act 2022, concerning Clause 2 of Article 1; the definition of the Federation and the new definition of Malaysia Day in Clause 2 of Article 160; the indigenous races of Sarawak in Clause (6)(a) of Article 161A; and the removal of Clause 7 of Article 161A.
The amendments could not as claimed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar restored Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners within Malaysia under the MA63.
The amendments, by not giving one-third and another one-third seats out of 222 parliament seats for Sarawak and Sabah is meaningless.
Malaya without giving away two-thirds out of the 222 seats in parliament to Sabah and Sarawak confirm the political suppression of Sarawak and Sabah of their rights by Malaya. Malaya by this way is also confirming Sarawak and Sabah as her colonies.
Citizens of Sarawak and Sabah need to be aware that by treating Sarawak and Sabah as colonies, their countries had lost their oil and gas resources to MALAYA under the care of PETRONAS.
If there is to be a meaningful amendment in Article 1(2) it must be clearly stated that Sarawak and Sabah are countries within the federation of Malaysia. This would allow the Chief Ministers of Sarawak and Sabah be called as Prime Ministers.
The stand of Parti Bumi Kenyalang is that the Malaysia Agreement 1963( MA63) is an invalid international agreement. Being invalid, any amendment to the federal constitution and the consent to gazette the amendments by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, could not put the breaches in MA63 right. You cannot restore a broken glass and you cannot resuscitate a still born baby to life. Without a valid MA63 Malaysia could not be born.
Voon Lee Shan
12 February 2022