Friday, 9 April 2021

Adding on the status of Sarawak as a 'Wilayah" and getting the historical facts to support this

Giving the thumbs up to our media friends who had published my views on Sarawak getting the "wilayah" or region status. I have mentioned that the his­tor­i­cal facts had clearly shown that Sarawak and Sabah can­not be cat­e­gorised like other Penin­su­lar Malaysian states be­cause the for­ma­tion of the Fed­er­a­tion of Malaya was very dif­fer­ent from Malaysia’s for­ma­tion.

I fully agreed with Prime Min­is­ter Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin declar­ing Sarawak as a "wi­layah" or re­gion because the Fed­er­a­tion of Malaya Agree­ment was signed in 1957 be­fore Sarawak and Sabah formed Malaysia in 1963 with Malaya un­der the Malaysia Agree­ment.

Be­cause of that we can­not be part of the smaller states and when the Malaysia Agree­ment was signed, there was one sig­na­tory each rep­re­sent­ing Malaya, Sarawak, and Sabah. Each rep­re­sented each re­gion or ter­ri­tory, not ev­ery state, where there is only one rep­re­sen­ta­tive who rep­re­sent­ed all the states in Malaya.

Of course among the things that needed to be done is to amend cer­tain ar­ti­cles in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion but the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has to make sure amend­ments are made to some of the ar­ti­cles in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion so that these things can be gazetted. You have to amend many ar­ti­cles, es­pe­cially Ar­ti­cle 160, so that it will not cause con­fu­sion on our sta­tus and many peo­ple might be con­fused with the word "wi­layah" be­cause of the ter­mi­nol­ogy. It is not the same as "Wi­layah Perseku­tuan" or fed­eral ter­ri­tory.

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