Failure to amend constitution will not obstruct Sabah from claiming rights

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – The failure to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution will not prevent the government from continuing to pursue the rights of Sabah which have long been neglected, said Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said the effort to claim and restore the rights of the state would not have happened without the support of the leaders, regardless of whether they are from the government, opposition and the people of Sabah.

“The failure of the amendment will not affect our efforts to claim the rights of Sabah from the federal government as the rights are enshrined in the constitution,” he told the Sabah State Legislative Assembly yesterday.

He was replying a supplementary question by Datuk Limus Jury (UPKO-Kuala Penyu) who wanted to know the effect on Sabah following the failure of the constitutional amendment recently.

Mohd Shafie said efforts to restore the rights of Sabah such as reclaiming its continental shelf would take a much longer time.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal receives a visit from the Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Dr Xavier Jayakumar at the Sabah State Administrative Centre Building yesterday. – BERNAMA