By John Isaac
THE Perikatan Nasional (PN) government does not need an electoral victory to amend Articles 1(2) and 160 of the Federal Constitution to reflect the original wording under the Malaysian Agreement 1963.
A DAP MP said the government could make the amendments right now if it genuinely wanted to.
“This again clearly shows it is a lure merely for election purposes rather than a genuine intention to restore what is rightfully afforded to Sabah & Sarawak.
“Fact of the matter, the prime minister could have done it now, by lifting the emergency, allowing Parliament to sit again and table the required amendments before the upcoming general election,” said Dr Kelvin Yii, the MP for Bandar Kuching.
Instead, they chose to suspend parliament, suspend scrutiny, and check and balance against the spirit of democracy in the guise of an Emergency which gives the government powers to further infringe our rights.
He said it was disappointing that GPS seem to be celebrating this statement when for years the government has made empty promises to restore what is rightfully ours.
“Let me remind that almost a year ago on March 11, 2020, the premier said the exact same thing where he mentioned the MA63 and that constitutional amendments will be discussed immediately.
“A year has passed, and yet the Chief Minister recently celebrated the exact statement made by the PM, though nothing was done for the past year,”.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili even mentioned that they will settle the constitutional amendments within six months of taking power, but yet until today, nothing has been done.
This is what the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Government intended to do by tabling the original amendments to Article 1(2) as it is reflected in MA63.
It was the first step of other necessary amendments that were to be further discussed under the Special MA63 Cabinet Committee. However it failed because it did not get the support from Umno, PAS and even GPS, said Dr Kelvin.
He said those responsible cannot use Covid-19 as an excuse since the necessary ministries focused on the handling the pandemic, the other ministries can continue to function and push for necessary reforms under its jurisdiction.
“We do not want this Ministry to be formed purely as an attempt to shore up political support for this unstable PN government and not produce any tangible results for the people
“If the prime minister is serious about restoring our rights, he does not have to wait till the next general election and table the amendments, and definitely does not need to set conditions that only if he wins big will be able to do so,”.