Wednesday, July 17

Bill to amend Article 1(2) ‘is meaningless’, says DUN Speaker


Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar – File photo

KUCHING: Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar said today that the Bill to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution, which was rejected in Parliament on April 9 “is meaningless”.

The State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker stressed that the proposed constitutional amendment “is basically a non-amendment amendment”.

“It only juggles the words, on the arrangement of states,” he said at a press conference after a discussion with a delegation from Terengganu led by DUN Terengganu Speaker Yahaya Ali at the DUN Complex in Petra Jaya here today.

Asfia asserted that the federal government must recognise the significance of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“MA63 is not only an international agreement, it is a treaty signed by sovereign governments namely Britain, Federation of Malaya, Singapore and Borneo territories.

“MA63 was signed in London and registered with the United Nations. Any amendment can’t be done without the consent by the signatories,” he said.

The amendment Bill failed to obtain the mandatory two-thirds majority in Parliament on April 9 with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), Barisan Nasional (BN) and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) MPs having abstained from voting.