See Chee How
KUCHING: Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How has advised the Sarawak state cabinet to table a motion at the impending State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting to debate its decision to drop the term ‘state’ for ‘Sarawak’ and to give effect to it by using it in all official documents.
The change must be made, through constitutional amendments, so that it will not confuse the general rakyat, and it must be shown that it is not just an act of self-gratification, he said in a press statement today.
See, who is Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak vice chairman, was commenting on a statement that had gone viral on social media, quoting Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg as saying that the term ‘state’ is dropped with immediate effect.
According to See, to drop the term ‘state’ for official purpose is not something consequential to the amendment of Article 1(2) under the Federal Constitution, adding: “We have to make substantial amendments to our Sarawak Constitution.”
In fact, he said even the Sarawak Constitution is called ‘The Constitution of the State of Sarawak’ and ‘State Secretary’, together with the ‘State Attorney-General’ and ‘State Financial Secretary’ are so constituted and appointed under Article 11 of the Sarawak Constitution.
“It may be unconstitutional and therefore wrongful in law, to call them Sarawak Government Secretary, Sarawak Government Attorney-General and Sarawak Government Financial Secretary without amending the Article.
Further, we cannot refer to the office of the Governor Yang Di-Pertua Negeri as Yang Di-Pertua Sarawak without amending almost half of all the constitutional provisions in the State Constitution.
“Similarly for the State Cabinet which is constituted as Majlis Mesyuarat Kerajaan Negeri and the State Legislative Assembly constituted as Dewan Undangan Negeri.
“These are just a few examples to show the gravity of trying to drop the term state. A massive amendment to the Sarawak Constitution will have to be made to give it the constitutional effect.
See added that efforts should instead be focused on serving Sarawak and fulfilling the collective and greater interests of all Sarawakians.
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