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Now that the Federal Parliament has approved the status of Sabah and Sarawak as an equal partner state with the Malay Peninsula, it is logical that the Chief Minister of Sarawak should be renamed the “Premier”. However, the Federal Gazette has delayed publishing this major event of changing back to the "state".

Isn't this an open mockery of Federal decision?




( PBK Life President Yu Chin Liik 17-01-2023)

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In the past few days, I feel that our Sarawak seems to be tricked by the "Federation" again!

What do you say?

According to news reports on the 15th day before yesterday, Sarawak Premier Abang Johari said that the status of Sarawak and Sabah as states (“wilayah”) in Malaysia has not yet been gazetted. The reports also stated that the Federal Government and Sarawak will discuss this issue at the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) meeting on the 19th of this month with the new Prime Minister.

This message was confusing to the public.

Premier Abang Johari said, "The conversion of these two states to state status is only at the stage of proposal." He said: "Promulgating the gazette as a state is only a proposal." And he said with certainty, "From the beginning we (Sabah and Sarawak) should indeed be a state, but the situation has changed in 60 years."

The proposed change to the description of the status of the Borneo states has come in the midst of a challenge to the validity of MA63 and Sabah and Sarawak’s membership in the federation, in the Borneo High Court which is opposed by both the Federal and Sarawak governments.

This naturally gives people the feeling that our poor sad and sorry Sarawak has been tricked again after joining the "Malaysia" for more than half a century!

According to the news report, the new Prime Minister Anwar will start a two-day working visit to Sarawak on the 18th and 19th of this month. This is his first visit to Sarawak since he became prime minister on November 24 last year. It is believed that the above-mentioned issues will be raised.

Over the years, the restoration of the three (originally four) to "equal states status” of the relevant signatories of MA63, the fair distribution of seats, and demands for the return of territorial waters, finance, education, medical care, police, and other sovereignty to Sabah and Sarawak have become increasingly loud.

In line with the trend of the times, the new Prime Minister Anwar also made a high-profile announcement on the eve of the 2022 general election on December 19 last year: If he becomes the Prime Minister, he will directly return all the rights guaranteed by MA63 without negotiation. (It was also reported that there is no need for too much negotiation). The meeting on the 19th will be the first step for the new prime minister to truly fulfill his solemn promise, and we hope to have a good start.

Now, let us review the historical facts in recent years: on April 4, 2019, the de facto Datuk Liew Vui Keong, submitted the "Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019" in Parliament.

However, the Malaysian government was unwilling to amend the interpretation of the Federation in Article 160 (2) of the Federal Constitution to include the words “that Malaysia was formed in accordance with the Malaysian Agreement 1963” at the same time, so it failed . The threshold for the support of a 2/3 majority was rejected in the second reading process in the House of Commons.

On April 8, 2021, social media received a message leaked from the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and the National Film Development Corporation (English: National Film Development Corporation Malaysia), reporting that the political status of Sabah and Sarawak was restored from state (negeri) to state (state, wilayah), however, this rumor has not been discussed and passed in the cabinet to amend the constitution, and it still has no legal significance.

[Author’s Note: The word wilayah is not suitable as a word for a state. This is confusing as don’t you see that Labuan and Putra Jaya are also wilayah. I understand that Wilayah should be translated as a municipality.

The correct one should restore the original word “Negara” or “Country. Federation of Malaysia=County Sarawak + Country Sabah + Country Malaya.]

On December 14, 2021, four days before the polling day for the 12th Sarawak Legislative Assembly election (18/12/2021), the Parliament unanimously passed the "Malaysia Agreement 1963" (MA63) constitutional amendment bill, restoring Sarawak and Sabah’s position as states of equal status with the Malayan Peninsula. The constitutional amendment passed two hurdles in the Parliament that day, and finally passed the constitutional amendment with 199 votes in favor and zero votes against. The constitutional amendment would restore Sabah and Sarawak to the "state" status they had when they joined the Malaysian federation in 1963.

The constitutional amendment that day also included amending Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to include the "states" that constitute the federation, including the state of Malaya (namely, the Malay Peninsula), and the state of Borneo (namely, Sabah and Sarawak).

Now that the Federal Parliament has approved the status of Sabah and Sarawak as an equal partner state with the Malay Peninsula, it is logical that the Chief Minister of Sarawak should be renamed the “Premier”. However, the Federal Gazette has delayed publishing this major event of changing back to the "state".

Isn't this an open mockery of Federal decision?

Such an absurd thing reminds people that the international agreement MA63 signed in London on July 9, 1963 was not registered with the United Nations until 1970, so that in terms of international law, from 1963 to 1970, MA63 could not be invoked on issues relating to the agreement and Malaysia was effectively an illegal state. .

Today, more than half a century later, the Federal Gazette actually made the same "joke" with the Chief Minister of Sarawak, embarrassing him. Why was it not published in the Federal Gazette? Should we be held accountable?

In the end, what has already been passed by the Federal Congress on 14/12/2021 should be discussed with the new Prime Minister again on the 19th?

Why need to get the approval of the new prime minister again? Sarawak was originally a country colonized by Britain and when it was was absorbed into "Malaysia", losing its status as a country. This is what hurts the pride of the people.

The biggest joke was that the British and Malayan governments agreed to let Sabah (then called North Borneo) and Sarawak and Singapore) to be signatories of MA63, when they had legal advice that neither were sovereign independent states and therefore should be excluded as parties. In 2019, the UN International Court of Justice confirmed that a colonial power could not make a binding international agreement with a colony under its full control since the colony did not have legislative or executive powers to give consent to the agreement.

Now that the "state" matter is raging, how should it end? I sincerely hope that the people of Sarawak will have a good answer on the 19th.

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