Media Statement by YB Wong King Wei:
In relation to the failure in passing the constitutional amendment in Parliament yesterday, I have the following to say:-
The Chief Minister of Sarawak supported the constitutional amendment to restore the status of Sarawak and Sabah early March this year, but objected to the amendment Bill tabled for its first reading in Parliament on April 4. During a vote on April 9, GPS MPs abstained from voting. Such a flip flop stand is playing politics rather than placing the interest of Sarawak above all.
Pakatan Harapan has altered the wordings before tabling the second reading of the proposed constitutional amendment, which is in line with the exact wordings of the Constitution in 1963. A Political Secretary to the Chief Minister termed this as the result of some pressure by Sarawakians, an effort likened to victory. If this is so, why didn’t GPS support the amendment Bill?
To conclude it all, GPS has no stand at all. They act based on and for their political interest.
What confuses me is that, if the proposed constitutional amendment is a trap, why didn’t GPS objected to the Bill but chose to abstain from voting? MPs from Sabah including the opposition bench (except for one) supported to the Bill. I wonder why only MPs from GPS, UMNO and PAS did not vote for the Bill.
GPS is well aware that if PH Government succeeds in restoring the rightful status of Sabah and Sarawak, they are going to lose their political leverage , and they wouldn’t know how to face Sarawakians. Therefore, GPS would rather compromise the interest of Sarawakians in order to defend their own political interest.
Wong King Wei
ADUN Padungan, Sarawak