KUCHING: Sarawak’s views on the constitutional amendment do not mirror those of Sabah activist Zainnal Ajmain, says Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof.

The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) chief whip defended the coalition’s decision to abstain from voting on the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 tabled in parliament on April 9 last year.

Zainnal on Sunday said he wondered whether Sarawak was ‘trying to play games’ and wanted to ‘drag out the issue’ by them abstaining from voting, adding that he could not fathom why Sarawak decided to abstain in the first place.

“His (Zainnal) views are not the same as Sarawak’s. We view that the amendment must incorporate Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“This is because MA63 is not mentioned anywhere in the Federal Constitution,” Fadillah told New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.

The Bill last April sought to restore Sabah and Sarawak’s status as regional territories by an amendment to the wording of Article 1(2).

This would mean that Sarawak and Sabah would be listed separately from West Malaysian states in its clause, which Zainnal argued would allow both states to reclaim oil and gas rights.

Fadillah, who is Petra Jaya MP, said as he had previously explained, reverting to the original wording did not bring any actual benefit to Sarawak.

“We are still a state. All historical documents also clearly showed that we are meant to be and intended to be a state but one with special rights,” he said.