It’s time to revisit, devolution notwithstanding, the intention of the Founding Fathers in
Borneo on the relationship with Peninsular Malaysia and the intention of the framers of MA63.
DEVOLUTION Luyang Assemblyman Hiew King Cheu appears to be in a minority of one in urging the Sabah Government to press Putrajaya to devolve powers to it as was being done in
Interestingly, both Petronas and the Federal Government have since publicly rejected the Sarawak Government’s demand for 20 per cent royalty, up from the current measly 5 per cent, and have offered nothing in return except for local contracts and more money for corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. CSR so far has meant Petronas handing out, after 50 odd years, free scientific calculators to Form 4 students in Sabah and
Full autonomy for Borneo states
Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem may appear to be going along with the first phase, in view of the imminent state election, but he did in the early stages declare that what the state wanted was to return to its position in 1963 as per the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) i.e. Full Autonomy with the Federal Government being confined in Borneo to defence, internal security and foreign affairs.
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has been silent on this demand and instead conceded the need to grant more powers to Sabah and
He envisages either handing over control of some, if not all, Federal Governments departments in
Sabah's silence on devolution
While some view Najib’s offer as something, better than none, after over 50 years of the Federation with the peninsula, MA63 is a political hot potato in
The status of MA63
The issue in Sabah and
Hence, the activists see no need to ask Putrajaya for anything or negotiate for their rights.
The consensus is that both the Sabah and Sarawak Assemblies have the power to pass a motion on MA63 to allow the
Patently, the Federal Government Department in
The question than arises, as pointed out by Hiew, on why Sabah has been left out so far from the devolution process begun in Sarawak..
The Sarawak-Putrajaya talks on devolution would have to deal with Article 1 of the Federal Constitution which sees Sabah and
The meaning of Federation
Another major issue is the Definition of Federation in the Federal Constitution under Article 160. Federation, the Article states, means that set up by the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1948 and reinforced by the Federation of Malaya Independence Act 1957.
That implies that Sabah and Sarawak are states in the Malayan Federation, now known as
Last but not least was whether the Petroleum Development Act, enforced under emergency laws which have since been repealed, was any longer applicable in Sabah and
It’s to time to revisit, devolution notwithstanding, the Intention of the Founding Fathers in
That would be the way forward.
Devolution, no matter how welcome, puts the cart before the horse. It should be first things first which is why perhaps that there has been silence so far in
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