DUN will endorse changes to Article 1(2) of Federal Constitution — Assistant Minister

By Nigel Edgar

KUCHING, March 17: Once Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution is amended in Parliament to restore Sarawak’s and Sabah’s status as equal partners to Peninsular Malaysia, the Sarawak legislature (DUN) will endorse all the relevant changes made.

Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said the endorsement would be done in the coming DUN sitting, which is scheduled to be held by the end of April.

“(But for now) we wait for Parliament to table the amendment then we can comment on it. At the moment, we wait. We still need two-thirds majority support (for the amendment to be approved).

“After it is approved and amended, then we can endorse (in DUN),” she told reporters after the launching Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Semariang at the Old DUN Building here this afternoon.

Sharifah Hasidah was asked to comment on a statement by Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How in a local daily today. He urged the state cabinet to table a motion in the coming DUN sitting to debate its decision to drop the term ‘state’ for Sarawak and to give effect to it by using it in all official documents.

“The change must be made, through constitutional amendments, so that it will not confuse the general rakyat, and it must be shown that it is not just an act of self-gratification,” said See. — DayakDaily