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.