Abang Johari Tun Openg
KUCHING: The use of the term ‘Sarawak’ instead of ‘state’ will be consequential only after the amendment of Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution, clarified Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said for now the term ‘state’ can still be used in official government affairs.
When the amendment to the constitution is done then it is consequential, he said when asked to confirm the reports and a circular that had gone viral on social media.
Earlier, when asked if the report was true, he retorted: Who made the report?
After the amendment, it is consequential because we are no longer a state but wilayah (territory).
Asked if there was also a need to change the state anthem, Ibu Pertiwiku, since one of the lines reads Sarawak dalam Malaysia, instead of equal partners, he said the state anthem would remain unchanged.
According to the viralled circular, the Chief Minister is said to have announced that the Sarawak government had made a decision to drop the word term ‘state’ from official use.
For example, a title that reads ‘YB SETIAUSAHA KERAJAAN NEGERI SARAWAK’ would now instead read ‘YB SETIAUSAHA KERAJAAN SARAWAK’ (Sarawak government secretary) only. It will be used for all official documents.
Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Liew Vui Keong last Friday disclosed that the federal cabinet had agreed to table the proposed amendment to Article 1(2) at the upcoming parliamentary session to make Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia as equal partners.
The parliament sitting began on Monday (March 11).
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