Territory status may hand power over to federal govt, says S4S

Erick Chin

MIRI, March 18: The federal government will have absolute power over the Sarawak state government if Sarawak changes its current status to a territory if the constitution is amended, claims Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S).

Its spokesperson Erick Chin said that Sarawak might lose its status as according to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), if Parliament passes the amendment that will change the status of Sarawak from state to a territory.

“’Territory’will not bring significant meaning to Sarawak as once the status changes, the federal government has absolute power,” said Chin in a statement.

“’Territory’ means ‘region’; region under the federal government. And there is no way the MA63 can be upheld (with Sarawak) as a territory,” he said.

Chin said MA63 clearly stated State of Sarawak, State of Sabah and Malaya, and of course State of Singapore,

“If the status changes from a ‘State’ to ‘territory’, it will bring impact to the MA63,

“MA63 is an international agreement and superior than the Federal Constitution,” he reiterated

Chin urged Sarawakian to determine their own fate and the destiny of Sarawak through referendums and to push the state government to implement a Referendum Ordinance.

He also claimed that the rumour of a status change is only for political mileage for Pakatan Harapan (PH) to win Sarawak in the coming State Election.

Chin said S4S will continue to promote the people’s movement on Sarawak, titled “Leave or Stay”.

“We want Sarawakians to know their rights and determine their own future without any interference from outsiders,” he said. — DayakDaily