MA63 select committee to be set up, says law minister

Minister Liew Vui Keong says Putrajaya realises that a committee involving MPs is necessary to ensure the successful implementation of MA63.

SANDAKAN: A Parliamentary Select Committee will be set up to look into implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963, said law minister Liew Vui Keong.

Liew said the committee would involve selected MPs, to complement the Cabinet Special Committee on the agreeement.

“We (the federal government) realise that a committee involving MPs is necessary to ensure the successful implementation of MA63.

“The PSC chairman will then be invited to become a permanent member of the Cabinet Special Committee to contribute towards the implementation of MA63,” he told reporters here.

Liew, who handles legal matters as a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, also expressed his gratitude to the Sabah state assembly, which unanimously adopted an extraordinary motion to support the amendment of Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution.

He hoped the Sarawak state assembly would follow suit in its next session.

“I’m confident that the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly will take the similar step (to support the amendment),” he said. “I will also meet with Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to explain further on the proposed amendments to the Federal Constitution,” he said.

The proposed amendment is to restore the wording of a 1963 clause which sets out the names of the states of the federation in two sub clauses, one for the states of Malaya and another for Sabah and Sarawak. An amendment in 1976 had placed Sabah and Sarawak together with the 11 Malayan states.