KOTA KINABALU — March 8, 2019: The Cabinet agreed at its meeting yesterday to amend Article 1 (2) of the federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia to comply with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
The amendment will be tabled at the next Parliament scheduled to begin on March 11 and will need a two-thirds majority to be passed.
The ruling Pakatan Harapan government has 135 MPs, including nine from friendly party Warisan and one from UPKO. The cut-off point for a two-thirds majority is 148.
“But I’m confident other MPs from Sabah and Sarawak will give their full support to restore Sarawak and Sabah as two separate territories in the Federation of Malaysia,” Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said after the close of the forum here today.
“After the amendment, Sabah and Sarawak will no longer be known as ‘states’. We also have other plans to ensure the rights of Sabah and Sarawak can continue to be protected.” — Bernama