Sabah’s chief minister, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal reports to have confidence in federal government’s support to approve his proposal to return Sabah and Sarawak as one territory in Parliament in March. He claimed federal government would approve as it had been established in the constitution and did not require a vote.
The federation of Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah was formed as three territories under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and Federal Constitution, after Singapore was kicked out. Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari said Sarawak disagrees with Shafie Apdal’s proposal and wants Sarawak and Sabah to remain as two separate territories.
“Our party’s stand on these non-negotiable issues are very clear and we will not back down,” he said.
After his meeting with Abang Johari, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili, told reporters that PBS and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) agreed to form a working committee to review MA63 and the grounds supporting it including the historical aspects, the implementation and the erosions of the Agreement’s contents.
Ongkili also said the committee would reach out to youths in both Sabah and Sarawak through seminars and workshops.