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0 month ago, 16-Mar-2019

CM clarifies before the amendment of Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution status of Sarawak in Malaysia unchanged


Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: The use of word Sarawak instead of state will be consequential only after the amendment of Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg clarified.

He said for now the word state can still be used in official government affairs.

When the amendment to the constitution is done then it is consequential, he added when asked to confirm reports and a circular that has gone viral in the social media.

Earlier, when asked if the report was true, he shot back: Who made the report?

However, when pressed on the matter, Abang Johari said the change of word from state to Sarawak is not now, reiterating, After the amendment, it is consequential because we are no longer state but wilayah (territory).

Asked if there is 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 had announced that the Sarawak government had made a decision to drop the word State for Sarawak with immediate effectand it is now Sarawak.

On March 8, Minister in the Prime Ministers Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong 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 equal partners.

The parliament sitting started on Monday (March 11).

Still a state for now Borneo Post Online.


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