Amendments done to Constitution in accordance to MA63 not enough, says PBK

KUCHING: The Federal Constitution amendments restoring Sarawak’s rights in accordance with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 lacked clarity, pointing out that it did not spell out equal partnership nor an allocation of one-third Parliament seats each to Sabah and Sarawak, says Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK).

Its president Voon Lee Shan said the amendments also did not guarantee ownership of oil and gas, territorial seas and continental shelf returning to Sarawak.

“It (amendments) meant nothing to Sarawak’s autonomy and fair allocation of funds,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Dec 16).

On Tuesday (Dec 14), Parliament approved the Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2021 in relation to MA63 with the required two-thirds majority support, as all 199 MPs present voted in favour and none against.

PBK has been championing Sarawak’s pursuit of independence, without a need for a referendum.