CM meets GPS parliamentarians on amendments to Federal Constitution

Abang Johari and three deputy chief ministers taking a group photo with the GPS MPs.

KUCHING, March 25: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg met up with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) parliamentarians to give a final reminder of Sarawak’s stand on the amendments to Federal Constitution Article 1(2).

The meeting which was held last night in Kuala Lumpur saw the attendance of all 18 GPS parliamentarians.

Apart from Abang Johari, all three deputy chief ministers — Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan — were also present.

Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong when contacted said in the meeting, Abang Johari told them to support the bill if it comes out to be in favour of Sarawak but turn it down otherwise.

From left: Awang Tengah, Uggah, Abang Johari, Masing, Wan Junaidi and Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi at the meeting last night (March 24, 2019).

Meanwhile, Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar told DayakDaily that until now, the parliamentarians have yet to be given the drafted bill.

He said due to the lack of information, he could not comment at all on the said subject.

According to Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chief Chong Chieng Jen, the bill to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution is likely to be tabled for first reading between April 8 and 9.

He said recently that there was an internal directive issued to all Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs to be present in Parliament from April 8 to 9.

And to him, this indicated that the bill could be tabled and read on one of these dates. — DayakDaily