KUCHING — Oct. 8, 2018: The government will seek to amend Article 1(2) of the federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia.
Also to be amended is Article 125 to raise the retirement age of judges to 70 years from the present 65.
Amendments to the Constitution will need the support of two-thirds of the 222 MPs, which the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition dosesn’t have.
The move to amend the relevant sections was mentioned at a dinner here tonight by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Liew Vui Keong, on his official visit to Sarawak.
Once the Constitution is amended, Sabah and Sarawak will get their status back as defined under Article 4 of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 which was changed in 1976 to define the two as states within Malaysia.
Bernama reported that Liew also spoke on the recommendations from the Institutional Reforms Committee, one of which concerns members of the Judicial Appointments Commission.
According to Liew, in Australia and the United Kingdom judges retire at 70 and there has been a proposal in Australia for judges to retire at 80 provided they pass a medical test.
The Supreme Court Judge of India, Justice Kurian Joseph, recently suggested that the Indian government raise the retirement age of judges to 70.