Puncak Borneo MP: Constitutional amendments will reflect united Federation, honour MA63

Datuk Willie Mongin

KUCHING, Oct 16: Puncak Borneo MP Datuk Willie Mongin is of the opinion that the proposed amendments to the Federal Constitution will reflect the true meaning of the united Federation, which consists of all three regions of Sabah, Sarawak and Malaya.

The amendments, he said, will also honour the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and more notably, the real natives in Sarawak shall not be deprived and neglected as their status, rights and interests will be authorised and enshrined in the amended Federal Constitution.

“Over time, there has been a distribution of public opinion concerning the need to modify the supreme law of the Federal Constitution with collective preferences that exhibit an inclusive, more tolerant yet stable formation of policies and direction for Sabah and Sarawak in the larger context of Malaysia. This reasonable request represents stability for all, given the centrality of our modern ‘Keluarga Malaysia’ (Malaysian Family).

“Therefore, I would like to echo and applaud the commitment of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg through his statement dated Oct 15 on the proposed comprehensive amendments covering several provisions such as Article 1(2), ‘the federation’ under Article 160(2), the introduction of Sept 16, 1963 as Malaysia Day, the definition of ‘native’ under Article 161A, and restoring and reinforcing the special status of Sabah dan Sarawak as equal partners in the Constitution,” he said in a statement today.

Willie also said Sarawakians should never lose sight of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.

He also mentioned that the people put immense trust and hope in the government’s abilities to manoeuvre the country towards achieving a more balanced, resilient, inclusive and sustainable economic development, which is now critical particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The shift in the Federal Constitution will definitely be a long-awaited favourable change for our political system and our fellow Borneons.

“We hope the transformation will take immediate effect once the overall Bill is debated in the upcoming Parliament meeting at the end of this month, along with the National Budget 2022,” he emphasised. — DayakDaily