Hornbill Unleashed

November 24, 2016

Sarawak opposition says motions not about devolution

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

baru-bianSarawak opposition chief Baru Bian and Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How have clarified their assembly motions had nothing to with devolution of powers.

Both motions in the Sarawak Assembly were dismissed by Speaker Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar on Tuesday.

“My motion was on production sharing agreements signed by Petronas to give out all the gas and oil fields in Sarawak,” See was quoted as saying in the Borneo Post. “The gas and oil fields are ours.”

He added that “we don’t need devolution (on Petronas)”.

“We are talking about something that we have,” said See. “We don’t agree with the Speaker’s way of dealing with motions.”

Baru, also Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said at a press conference that his motion was very clear.

The Borneo Post quoted him as saying: “My motion was on reinstating Sarawak to the status before 1976.” “It’s not subject to the talks on devolution of power.”

He feels that no amount of talking will get back the status before 1976.

“It has to go through, first a motion in the Sarawak Assembly,” said Baru. “The motion has to make it very clear the amendment to the Federal Constitution in 1976 was invalid.”

According to the report he said he believed Chief Minister Adenan Satem was in agreement with him on the matter as Adenan himself had earlier planned a similar motion.

Baru said he was left wondering on the position of the Sarawak government on the amendment to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution in 1976.

Before July 13,1976, Article 1(2) read that Sabah and Sarawak were equal partners with Malaya, under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), in the Federation of Malaysia.

The present position reads that Sabah and Sarawak are the 12th and 13th states in the Federation of Malaya (now Malaysia).

The Malayan Federation is governed by the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1948.

It was reinforced by the Federation of Malaya Independence Act 1957.

Source : FMT Reporters Online


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