Constitutional Law & Civil Rights

Constitutional Amendment Bill fails to get Two-Thirds Majority Support

Date: 09 April 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 9 (Bernama) - The Constitutional Amendment Bill to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with the Federation of Malaya as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 failed to get the required two thirds majority support in the Dewan Rakyat today. It was shy of 10 votes to meet the threshold of 148 votes in the 222-seat Dewan Rakyat. Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof in announcing the result said: This bill cannot proceed further because it did not get two-thirds majority support from the Members of Parliament”.

In the block voting, 138 MPs supported the bill, none objected while 59 abstained.

Earlier, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (GPS-PBB Santubong) had tried to table a motion to refer the bill to a Select Committee for further discussion, but it was rejected by oral vote.

The bill was debated by 46 MPs for seven hours after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tabled it for second reading at 2.30 pm.

Prior to voting, Dr Mahathir, when winding up debate on the bill at 9.40 pm, said the government had no objection on the establishment of a Select Committee to review the implementation of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

He said this was because the government was aware that no MP was a member of the Special Cabinet Committee to review the implementation of MA63.

“This can provide an opportunity for members of the Select Committee to submit a report to the Special Cabinet Committee handling the review of MA63,” he said.

He also clarified that the bill need not be referred to the Conference of Rulers as it did not directly touch on the privileges, position, honour or prestige of the Rulers.

Dr Mahathir, when tabling the bill for second reading, had said it was the Pakatan Harapan government’s first step towards realising the wishes of the people of Sabah and Sarawak( for the two states to be on equal footing with Peninsular Malaysia).

MY Bernama

Asean LIP works with Bernama to bring you the latest Malaysian legal news. Bernama is the national news agency of Malaysia. You shall not reproduce the above/ attached materials in whole or in part without the prior written consent of the Publishers and/or Bernama. Neither the Publishers nor Bernama will be liable for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage caused directly, indirectly or incidentally to errors in or omissions from the above/ attached materials. The Publishers and Bernama also disclaim and exclude all liabilities in respect of anything done or omitted to be done in reliance upon the whole or any part of the above/attached materials. The access to, and the use of, Asean LIP and contents herein are subject to the Terms of Use.

Get ASEAN LAW ALERT

Legal updates by e-mail. It's Free.

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Mobile Application on Labour Market Information Launched

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Information on Malaysia's labour market is now available at the fingertips with the launch of a new mobile application, Labour Market Information Gateway or LMI Gateway today.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Former Lawyer Pleads not Guilty to CBT Over Client's House Sale Proceeds

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty at the Sessions Court here today to a charge of criminal breach of trust amounting to RM338,000 which was the proceeds from the sale of a house belonging to his client three years ago.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Cybersecurity Challenge should be viewed as an Opportunity - Gobind

CYBERJAYA, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A national innovation ecosystem needs to be developed to transform cybersecurity challenges towards forming new opportunities, ideas and solutions, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Malaysia signs ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 23 (Bernama) - Malaysia has signed the ASEAN Trade in Services Agreement (ATISA) and the Fourth Protocol to Amend the ASEAN Comprehensive Investment Agreement (ACIA).

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Former Lawyer charged with Criminal Breach of Trust

SEREMBAN, Apr 23 (Bernama) - A former lawyer pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to criminal breach of trust involving RM198,592.50, nine years ago.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Right to Freedom of Religion guaranteed under Federal Constitution

KOTA BELUD, Apr 21 (Bernama) - The right to freedom of religion of every Malaysian is guaranteed under the Federal Constitution, said Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Sabah and Sarawak High Court Registrar's Office to move to Kota Kinabalu

SANDAKAN, Apr 21 (Bernama) -- Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong today confirmed that the Office of the Registrar of the Sabah and Sarawak High Court will be relocated from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Government awaits Approval from Malay Rulers on New Chief Justice - Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR, Apri 19 (Bernama) - The government is awaiting approval from the Malay Rulers for the appointment of a new Chief Justice, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

8,254 Workers Re-employed after getting Assistance from ESO

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 16 (Bernama) - A total of 8,254 unemployed workers have been re-employed after receiving assistance from the employment service officers (ESOs) since the Re-Employment Placement Programme for Employment Insurance System (EIS) commenced in August 2018.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Two Indonesians fined RM100,000 for Possessing Illicit Cigarettes

KLANG, Apr 16 (Bernama) - Two Indonesian retail shop workers were fined RM100,000 by the Magistrate Court here today after pleading guilty to possessing 854 packs of illegal cigarettes of various brands valued at RM1,668.56.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

"Go to the Mosque, get Closer to God," Judge advises Robber

IPOH, Apr 16 (Bernama) - "Go to the mosque, get closer to God, be a good person and stop taking drugs," Sessions Court judge Azman Abu Hassan told a palm oil fruit collector.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

200 Lawyers gather in Kuala Lumpur for TerraLex

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 13 (Bernama) - A total of 200 lawyers from 50 countries have gathered here for the TerraLex Global Meeting to discuss a wide variety of legal and economic issues impacting Malaysia.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Chief Justice pens Touching Farewell to Colleagues

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 13 (Bernama) - "All I ask from you is to protect the judiciary no matter what others may say," said Tan Sri Richard Malanjum in his farewell message to the judges, officers and employees of the judiciary upon his retirement yesterday.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Chief Justice Richard Malanjum retires

PUTRAJAYA, Apr 12 (Bernama) - Chief Justice Tan Sri Richard Malanjum retires today after serving 27 years in the judiciary.

Read More

INDUSTRY UPDATES

Appointment of Suhakam Commissioner for Children to be announced this Month

KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 11 (Bernama) - The Legal Affairs Division in the Prime Minister's Department is expected to announce the appointment of a Suhakam (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) commissioner for the portfolio of children this month.

Read More