By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KUALA LUMPUR: It is most unfortunate to read of a report purportedly from the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg, as quoted in the media dated 12th April 2019, that appears to question the efforts made by my staffs in bringing the constitutional amendment on Article 1(2) Federal Constitution.
The statement, if made, is totally unwarranted as it has undermined the confidence and morale of the staffs ranging from the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Legal Affairs Department JPM (BHEUU) and the Attorney General Chamber (AGC).
Notwithstanding thereof, I wish to record my deepest appreciation to all the officers and staff from the PMO, BHEUU and the AGC who have contributed and sacrificed so much in their efforts to bring about changes of this common rights to make Malaysia whole again.
During the last few weeks or so, my relationship with everyone of them grew fondly as we spent times together in JPM and Parliament until late hours to ensure all the paperworks and documentation were done accordingly for Cabinet’s approval and for tabling in Parliament.
I fully respect their professionalism in carrying out their public duties for the States and Country.
At the same time, I must not forget to also extend my heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of the staffs and secretariat of Parliament for their unwavering support and dedication who worked through the wee hours of the night to distribute various Notices and Documents to the desks of the 222 Members of Parliament so that the MPs will get to see them when they arrive first thing in the morning.
Despite the failed attempt to get the Bill done, all of us from PMO, BHEUU, AGC and Parliament can walk with our heads high because we have worked unselfishly behind closed doors and at the same time partaken in flourishing democracy in our country for the MPs to vote freely in the august House.
Now that the 59 MPs have exercised their democratic rights by NOT VOTING during the block voting and that has to be respected.
From now on, the people of Malaysia and the future generations will be able to evaluate our actions, rightly or wrongly.
The undisputed fact remains that the noble effort by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, YAB Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in wanting to bring the Borneo States of Sabah and Sarawak back to the position with the States of Malaya in line with the spirit and intention of the Malaysian Agreement 1963, has begun.
The light across the South China has now been rekindled by a spark. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude as the flame within us has been lighted.
Datuk Liew Vui Keong
Minister in the PM Department Malaysia
(Law & Parliamentary Affair)