In Malaysia, government will table bill to redefine ''federation" under the constitution

By Sawawak, 14 October
Parliament of Malaysia (photo credit: Reuters / Lim Huey Teng)
Parliament of Malaysia (photo credit: Reuters / Lim Huey Teng)
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar hopes to have the support from all members of parliament (MPs) when the bill to amend certain articles in the federal constitution is tabled in Parliament during the next sitting. He said he had held a briefing for all Pakatan Harapan (PH) MPs on Tuesday on the proposed amendments to the federal constitution. The key amendments concerns Art 1(2) and Art 160(2). “This amendment is very different to the one proposed by the PH government in 2018. The key difference is in the additional proposed amendment, by redefining ‘federation’ in Article 160(2). “This was missing in the previous proposed amendment despite the urging of GPS MPs when they were asked to support the amendment in 2018. GPS abstained because the 2018 amendment was not meaningful without redefining the meaning of federation,” he said in a statement here yesterday. [...] “The other amendment is to add a new definition ‘Malaysia Day’ as at Sept 16, 1963 in Article 160(2). Currently only Hari Merdeka is defined. “These amendments will complete and add substance to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia. It corrects a big anomaly in the federal constitution,” he said.
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