S’wak govt to expand special committee overseeing discussions on state’s autonomy

Posted on : 10 Oct 2018  Source of News: the Borneo Post

Abang Johari (second right) taking a closer look at a pipe culvert model while touring the Borneo Water & Wastewater Exhibition. Also accompanying him is Utilities Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom (third right). – Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: The Sarawak government will expand its current special committee overseeing discussions on the state’s autonomy to serve as an Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC).

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this new committee will be tasked to study all aspects of the Federal Constitution as well as Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in view of the proposed amendment of Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution announced recently by the federal government.

“I appreciate the proposal to amend the constitution to restore the position of Sarawak as an equal partner within the federation of Malaysia.

“But I think it’s better for us to look at this holistically and in totality. This is because there is also an Article in the Federal Constitution namely Article 112D which has to be strengthened,” he told reporters when met after officiating the 4th Borneo Water and Wastewater Exhibition and Conference 2018 at a leading hotel here today.

Article 112D is listed in the constitution as review of special grants to the states of Sabah and Sarawak.

Abang Johari said the committee, once expanded, must based itself on the IGC model.

“I have expressed our views that the committee should be expanded. It must be like IGC to study all aspects of our constitution as well as MA63.

“IGC can comprise of members of state elected representatives and Members of Parliament so they can interact and study just like the (original) IGC model.”