MA63 to be discussed immediately, says PM

Malaysia Agreement 1963 (Sinar Harian Pic)

By Emma Victoria

THE Prime Minister said he would address the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and amendment to Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution immediately.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said a meeting on the matter will be held soon under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak Affairs), Borneo Post reported.

The Ministry is led by its minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili from Sabah while his deputy Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib is a Sarawkian MP.

“We will call for a meeting to discuss the MA63 and also the amendments to the Federal Constitution to fulfil the wishes of Sabahans and Sarawakians as enshrined in MA63.

“We will do this immediately,” he said.

Muhyiddin was speaking at a press conference after chairing his first Cabinet meeting in Putrajaya today.

One of conditions set by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg to support Perikatan Nasional was for the federal government to acknowledge Sarawak’s rights under the MA63.

Although the previous Pakatan Harapan government had tried to amend Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution in April last year, it failed to get the required two-thirds majority to be passed in Parliament.

Sarawak MPs from Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) abstained from voting as the proposed amendment to Article 1(2) did not clearly state the two states’ rights and interests as an equal partner.

GPS wanted the amendment to be referred to a parliamentary select committee for review, but this was ignored.

The leaders had wanted the words “pursuant to the Malaysia Agreement 1963” to be included in the amendment to guarantee that Sabah and Sarawak would not lose their rights.

The then Law Minister Datuk Liew Vui Keong in December last year said the amendment would be re-tabled in March this year.

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