Cabinet Agrees to Restore Sabah as Equal Partner of the Malaysian Federation

During the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16, 1963, Sabah or then North Borneo, Sarawak, Singapore and the Federation of Malaya merged as equal partners.

The merger was under the agreement that was called Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). It was the same year when the new nation of Malaysia was born not in 1957 as most people were taught in school.

However, Malaysia has gone through a winding course since then and two years after its formation, Singapore exited.

The years that followed also changed the status of Sabah and Sarawak from equal partners to ordinary states within Malaysia.

According to the news on Malay Mail today, Minister of Law in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today said that the Cabinet has agreed to amend Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia.

After the amendment, Sabah and Sarawak will no longer be known as ‘states’.

The decision to amend the Constitution was reached at the Cabinet meeting last Wednesday and was indeed a major step towards the implementation and compliance of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

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I love the history of North Borneo (Sabah) and strive to digitally archive any related information on this website. Follow me on Twitter @richardker.

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