Let’s stand united to safeguard Sarawak’s rights — SUPP leader

Kho Teck Wan

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KUCHING, May 2: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Women chief Kho Teck Wan calls on all quarters to cast aside political differences and unite to fight for Sarawak’s rights.

“Our generation was not present in 1963 nor were we in Parliament in 1976; however, we are here today to correct the wrongs.

“Let’s put aside our political differences and be united in safeguarding Sarawak for our future generation. Everyone is a winner when we do this right,” said Kho in a press statement today.


She opined that it was ironic that the Federal Constitution, which is the supreme law of the country, doesn’t mention the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution defined ‘Federation’ as the Federation established under the Malaya Agreement 1957.

“How can Pakatan Harapan’s (PH)’s constitutional amendment bill 2019 be sincere and the first step towards equal status when the amendment further affirmed Sarawak as one of the states in the Federation of Malaya?”

She said if any changes were to be made to the Federal Constitution, it would have to be something “right”. She believed the Sarawak Legislative Assembly had made the right move in passing the motion for a comprehensive amendment to the Federal Constitution on Tuesday.

“If we want to change, then make it right, not change for the sake of changing.

“The motion passed in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly proposed to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution by inserting ‘pursuant to Malaysia Agreement 1963’; amend the definition of ‘Federation’ under 160(2) to the Federation established under the Malaysia Agreement signed on July 9, 1963; and the definition of ‘Malaysia Day’ to Sept 16, 1963.”

Kho said these proposed amendments were very important and that Sarawak lawmakers had done the “homework” for Sabah and the de facto Minister of Law.

“I hope Sabah MPs and PH MPs will agree with the amendments when they are tabled in Parliament,” said Kho. — DayakDaily