Constitution amendments meaningless without 2/3 seats for Sabah, Sarawak; change CM title to PM


KUCHING, Feb 12: The amendments to the Federal Constitution are meaningless unless two-thirds of the 222 parliament seats are given to Sarawak and Sabah and the Chief Minister title is changed to Prime Minister.

In pointing this out, Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan said Sarawakians and Sabahans should not be happy even though the Constitution (Amendment) Act 2022 has come into force.

“The amendments could not, as claimed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar, restored Sarawak and Sabah as equal partners with Malaysia under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).


“Without giving away two-thirds out of the 222 seats in parliament, Malaya (Peninsula Malaysia) is politically suppressing Sarawak and Sabah of their rights, and this way, it is also confirming Sarawak and Sabah as her colonies.

“Citizens of Sarawak and Sabah need to be aware that by treating Sarawak and Sabah as colonies, their countries had lost their oil and gas resources to Peninsula Malaysia under the care of Petronas,” he said in a statement today.

If there is to be a meaningful amendment on Article 1(2), Voon emphasised that it must be clearly stated that Sarawak and Sabah are countries within the Federation of Malaysia.

However, he said PBK maintained its stand that MA63 is an invalid international agreement.

With that, he insisted that any amendment to the Federal Constitution and the consent to gazette the amendments by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, could not make right the breaches on MA63.

“You cannot restore a broken glass. Without a valid MA63, Malaysia could not be born,” he added.

Yesterday (Feb 11), Wan Junaidi announced that Sarawak and Sabah have officially been recognised as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia, with the amendment to clause (2) of Article 1 and clause (2) of Article 160 of the Federal Constitution.– DayakDaily.