Tamparuli assemblyman Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred M. Bumburing said he will be tabling a motion in the upcoming state legislative assembly to restore Sabah’s status as per the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
Borneo Post Online reported the opposition state lawmaker, who is Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) president, as saying that he was doing it to support Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who said recently that the state government will table a motion at the state assembly to reinstate Sarawak’s 1963 status.
“PCS fully support the position taken by Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan to urge the federal government to restore Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to its original provisions before it was amended by Parliament in 1976 in line with Malaysia Agreement 1963 and Malaysia Act 1963 (MA63).
“Along this line, we are going to table a motion in the Sabah state legislative assembly to adopt the same position that will be taken by the Sarawak state legislative assembly and to give mandate to a Sabah MP to table a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution by restoring it to its original terms,” said Bumburing.
Adenan said Tuesday that the 1976 amendment to the Federal Constitution, which downgraded Sarawak and Sabah as equals to Malaya to two of the 13 states in the federation of Malaysia, was done under an emergency law and claimed nothing could be done to stop it.
According to a Borneo Post report on the Parliament hansard detailing the debate, the 1976 amendment had been supported by 130 lawmakers, including all Sabah and Sarawak MPs. Only four lawmakers objected, including DAP’s Lim Kit Siang.
Source : The Malay Mail Online