A - 100 Days

A08. Enforcing the Malaysia Agreement 1963

Pakatan Harapan May 10, 2018
In progress
Jul 2018

Cabinet sets up special panel on Malaysia Agreement 1963

MalaysiaKini July 19, 2018

The cabinet has agreed to the formation of a special cabinet committee on the Malaysia Agreement 1963, which is one of Pakatan Harapan's 100-day promises, de facto Law Minister Liew Vui Keong revealed today. "The cabinet has recently consented to the formation of a special cabinet committee on the enforcement of the Malaysian Agreement 1963 and it will comprise representatives from the Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak who have expertise in the matter," Liew said in a written reply to Parliament. He was responding to a question from Bandar Kuching MP Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen. Liew said the committee has been tasked to produce a report on the matter within six months from the date it is set up. He said the committee will study and propose corrective measures in relation to the following matters: - The status of the Malaysian Agreement 1963 in the context of current legislation; - Efforts to improve the people's understanding towards the Malaysia Agreement 1963 through the education system; - Implementation of the concept of federalism across the three territories - Peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak; - The rights of Sabah and Sarawak to natural resources as well as oil and gas; - Administrative matters that can be delegated to the states; - The amount of allocation that is within the rights of Sabah and Sarawak; and - Amendment to Article 1 of the Federal Constitution. Sabahans and Sarawakians have long lobbied for the original version of the Federal Constitution to be restored, whereby Sabah and Sarawak are referred to as territories equal to Peninsular Malaysia. However, this was amended in 1976 to list Sabah and Sarawak as one of 13 states in Malaysia. Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution, in its current form, states: "The States of the Federation shall be Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu." Liew said once the special committee's report is approved by the cabinet, it will also be tasked to oversee the implementation of the proposals contained in the report.

May 2018

Implement the 1963 Malaysia Agreement

Pakatan Harapan May 10, 2018

Pakatan Harapan Government will set up a Cabinet Committee Review and Monitor the Fair Implementation of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement within the first 100 days of our administration. The Commission will consist of representatives from Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak, who have expertise in relevant matters. The Commission will be directed to provide detailed reports to the government within six months from the date of establishment, for immediate execution.

The Commission's main task is to review and propose measures to rectify the following: Ø Status of Malaysia Agreement 1963 based on current legislation ØEfforts to enhance the understanding of the people on the 1963 Malaysia Agreement through the national education system Ø Implementation of the concept federalism for the three territories within Malaysia Ø The rights of Sabah and Sarawak to revenue from their natural resources such as oil and gas Ø The administrative rights Ø The share of funds that rightfully belongs to Sabah and Sarawak

Once the committee has presented its report, they will be tasked with monitoring the proper implementation of their proposals.