SUPP Party President’s statement on Art. 1(2) Amendment Bill

Dr Sim Kui Hian

The Art. 1(2) amendment bill as tabled by the PH government is totally unacceptable to Sarawak as the proposed amendment maintains Sarawak as one of the 13 states in Malaysia, instead of one of the 3 equal partner States to the Federation of Malaysia. We view the Bill as the Pakatan Harapan government’s another failure to honour the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (“MA63”) and in fact PH has just committed another “U turn” on their election promise to return Sabah and Sarawak’s status accorded in the MA63.

Why bother to table an amendment Bill whereby the return of Sarawak’s autonomy in healthcare and education as promised by the PH is nowhere to be found? Where is the amendment to Article 160 to make Malaysia a federation under the MA63, instead of the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1957? Where are Sarawak’s substantial entitlement to a third of national resources and a third in the house of representatives in the proposed Bill?

Therefore SUPP demands the Bill to be withdrawn as the contents of the Bill are against the wishes of our people in Sarawak. With such a disappointing amendment tabled by the PH government, we verily believe that the status of our State should be decided by our people in Sarawak, and not in the parliament.

Dr Sim Kui Hian

Dr Sim Kui Hian