Adenan Satem Must Make Election Promises Happen, Harps Reform

Sarawak and Sabah have been made to share its rich resources with the federal coffers and only get back less than a pitiful 1/13th share each.
Sarawak and Sabah have been made to share its rich resources with the federal coffers only to get back less than a pitiful 1/13th share each.

KUCHING – The locals will fully support Tan Sri Adenan Satem in championing Sarawakians’ rights on the promises made by Chief Minister during the last election.

President of Sarawak Party, Lina Soo said not only must it be seen to be done, but Adenan must make the promises happen, and be seen to follow up and enforce any decision taken.

Reform's Soo also wants Adenan to bring out all other offending amendments affecting Sarawak rights.
Reform’s Soo also wants Adenan to bring out all other offending amendments affecting Sarawak rights.

In a statement to BorneoToday, Soo agreed with Adenan’s contention that the Malaysia Agreement is an international treaty, and any violation is a breach of international law.

“The Malaysia Agreement cannot be amended or changed unless all signatories – the governments of UK, Singapore, Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah – go back to the negotiating table,” she said.

“A resolution passed by a majority in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly to declare the Amendment (A354 sec. 2) unconstitutional and unenforceable in Sarawak would sufficiently correct this anomaly.”

She said if Adenan is serious in fulfilling the promises made to pursue compliance of the Malaysia Agreement, this is achievable.

“No longer should the government and the people of Sarawak, and Sabah, tolerate the change of the original Federation arrangements to the advantage of the Malayan states,” she argued, stressing that Sarawak and Sabah have been made to share its rich resources with the federal coffers and only get back less than a pitiful 1/13th share each.

Soo said Adenan must not to stop at the 1976 amendement A354 Sec 2, but to bring out all other offending amendments affecting Sarawak rights, with adopting a “without fear or favour” approach with apologies to no one.

“Because this is right for the people of Sarawak and should be done,” she added.

In 1976, the Constitutional Amendment A354 sec. 2 (made after Merdeka Day) amended Article 1 to relegate Sarawak and Sabah to become the 12th and 13th states of the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1957.

Soo says, not only is this amendment unconstitutional, it is actually void under Article 4 of the Constitution which reads:

4.(1) this Constitution is the supreme law of the Federation and any law passed after Merdeka Day which is inconsistent with this Constitution shall, to the extent of the inconsistency, be void.

Accordingly, argued Soo, the 1976 amendment act A354 Sec 2 shall be null and void because it had seriously breached the Malaysia Agreement, the Inter-Governmental Committee Report, and other related constitutional documents.

On Sunday at a function, Adenan had stressed that as a party to the Malaysia Agreement signed in 1963, “you are equal in status”.

He had also said that Sarawak is not a state within the federation, but one of the founding states of the federation.