Talks on Sarawak’s rights progressing well, says CM

Posted on : 10 Mar 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (third right) leads the cake-cutting ceremony. Also seen with him are (from right) Nanta, Uggah, Mawan and others. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Negotiations between the federal and Sarawak governments on the state’s rights are progressing well, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The federal cabinet’s decision to table the proposal to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution to restore Sabah and Sarawak’s status as equal partners under one nation at the upcoming parliamentary session was seen by him as progress being made.

Speaking during the 63rd anniversary dinner of Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) here on Friday, he said that Sarawak has managed to get something it wanted, but those that could not be decided at the steering committee are referred to the technical committee.

The federal cabinet has tasked the Steering Committee, Technical Committee and Working Committee to look into various issues pertaining to the implementation of Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) such as finances, constitution, economy, public appointment, court jurisdiction, territorial sea, oil and gas and so on.

He expressed confidence that whatever differences the Sarawak and federal governments might have can be resolved soon.

“Sarawak will have a bright future and be able to position itself as the most developed state in Malaysia by 2030 if Sarawak is run by Sarawakians as only Sarawakians can take good care of Sarawak,” Abang Johari added.

The federal cabinet’s decision to table the proposal was disclosed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong on Friday.

Liew also said that the amendment would require a two-thirds majority in the Lower House (Dewan Rakyat). The next parliament sitting is scheduled to start tomorrow (Mar 11).

Meanwhile when speaking at the dinner, Abang Johari hoped that SDNU will be able to groom more leaders for Sarawak and continue to become a body which all Dayaks in the state can look up to.

“SDNU is one of the associations that has been around in Sarawak for a very long time. I am glad that it had managed to adapt to the changes and remain strong to serve the Dayak community in the state,” he said.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, SDNU president Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi and other distinguished guests.