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Ongkili: PBS will co-sponsor motion on Sabah, S’wak

KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Deputy President Maximus Jonity Ongkili has declared that his party would be willing to co-sponsor a Motion in Parliament on the status of Sabah and Sarawak in the Federation with Malaya.

“Several PBS divisions are planning a Resolution on working with Barisan Nasional (BN) parties in Sarawak,” added Ongkili in a statement. “This would be about a Motion in Parliament on Sabah and Sarawak.”

The Resolution, he disclosed, would be tabled during the coming annual PBS Congress. “PBS would work with Sarawak parties on the Motion.”

Briefly, he said, the Motion would concern amending Article 1(2) and restoring the pre-13 July 1976 status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners of Malaya in the Federation.

‘We are in sync with Chief Minister Adenan Satem,” said Ongkili in the statement.

Earlier, on Thursday, he presented a paper, “Understanding MA63” at a PBS Leadership Seminar in Beluran.

Adenan said Sarawak was a partner (with Malaya) in Malaysia, he noted. “Sabah, like Sarawak, is not just another state in Malaysia.”

Before the amendment in 1976, Article 1(2) read:
The states of the Federation shall be:

 

(a) The states of Malaya, namely Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Selangor and Terengganu;

(b) The Bornean states of Sabah and Sarawak; and

(c) Singapore (left in 1965).

After the amendment, Article 1(2) read:

The states of the Federation shall be Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu.

“Sabah and Sarawak were downgraded from equal partners of Malaya to just two out of 13 states,” lamented Ongkili.

There’s a need to correct this, summed up the PBS Chief. “We will be working with Sarawak to restore the original Article 1(2),” he said.

Basically, Article 1(2) now reads that Sabah and Sarawak are the 12th and 13th states in the Federation. The Federation has been defined by Article 160 as based on the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1948.

The 1948 Agreement was reinforced by the Federation of Malaya Independence Act 1957.

Before July 13, 1976, Sabah and Sarawak were classified under Article 1(2) as equal partners of Malaya under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Source: freemalaysiatoday