KUCHING, Nov 1 — A comprehensive government motion to reinstate Sarawak’s 1963 status will be tabled in this month’s sitting of the state assembly, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said today.
He said the motion, to be tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing, will cover all aspects of Sarawak’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement, Malaysia Act, Inter-Governmental Committee Report and the Cobbold Commission Report.
“It will be a comprehensive motion, covering including the Territorial Sea Act, Continental Shelf Act, Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution and the Petroleum Development Act,” Adenan told reporters after witnessing the signing of a contract agreement between state-owned Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works and Sarawak Shell Berhad here.
He said all these Acts of Parliament have eroded Sarawak’s rights and have been taken over by Putrajaya.
“Now, we want all those rights, which have been eroded, back,” he said, adding that Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution was amended in 1976 under an emergency law and that nothing could be done to stop it when it was amended.
Adenan said that the amendment had changed the status of Sarawak from one of equal partner to Malaya to one of the 13 states in the Federation of Malaysia.
“Originally, Article 1(2) says that (a) the states of Malaya, (b) Sarawak and Sabah and (c) Singapore.
“But in 1976, Article 1(2) was amended to downgrade Sarawak and Sabah as among the states in Malaysia. Now, we want our status as equal partner to Malaya to be reverted to us,” he said.
On Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s call for the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) to withdraw from the federal government if the demands for the state’s rights were not acceded to,
Adenan said the state DAP leader has always come up with views contrary to those of the state BN.
“That is his opinion, which is always contrary to ours, of course. There is nothing new in that,” he said when asked to respond to Chong’s call.
Sarawak state assembly will sit from November 21 to 30, 2016. – Malay Mail