Saturday, June 25, 2022

No let up in fight for Sarawak rights

Secara Rawak

KRIAN: The Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will continue to fight for Sarawak rights in accordance with the laws of the country.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg cited the approval of the Constitutional Amendment Bill with regards to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in Parliament on Tuesday as a prime example.

“That is how we fight; under the purview of the law — not by seeking independence or secession. That would be extremely foolish,” he said when presenting Bumiputera Communal Reserve Gazette and Land Title to landowners here on Wednesday (Dec 15).

Abang Johari said the passing of the Bill also showed that the supremacy of the law in Malaysia was maintained.

“I welcome this and I thank all the MPs who supported the Bill.

“This is the spirit that we and our friends in Sabah want,” he added.

Alluding to the Constitution Amendment Bill tabled by Pakatan Harapan (PH) in 2019, he explained that the Bill was rejected as it omitted the inclusion of MA63’s annex — the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) report, which was an in-depth study of the Cobbold Commission on the demands of Sarawak and Sabah.

“PH did not include this in its Amendment Bill which is why we did not support it as it’s only purely cosmetic. Isik sik ada, kuah aja.

“GPS wants the ‘isik’. They must recognise MA63 including its annex, IGC where the rights of Sarawak are defended,” explained Abang Johari.

On Tuesday, history was made when Parliament passed the Bill with two-thirds majority support from the MPs.

Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun announced that the Bill was passed after it went through bloc voting, with 199 MPs voting in its favour.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, who tabled the Bill, said the amendments were made to strengthen the position of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federation of Malaysia.

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