Shafie wants swift upgrade of Sabah, Sarawak borders with Kalimantan

Warisan president Mohd Shafie Apdal wants the upgrade of Sabah and Sarawak borders with Kalimantan to be expedited. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 24, 2023.

WARISAN president Mohd Shafie Apdal wants work to upgrade the infrastructure and increase the capability of the Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security Complex (CIQS) at the Sarawak and Sabah borders to be expedited.

This follows Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s announcement on the approval of the allocation of RM1 billion for the commencement of the upgrading work after chairing the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Implementation Action Council meeting in Kuching last Friday.

Shafie said the upgrading was to boost ties between Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as further facilitate the entry of labour from the neighbouring country for the plantation sector, especially in Sabah.

“The creation or upgrading of the CIQS must be looked at seriously,” he told reporters after attending Tanjung Aru assemblyman Junz Wong’s Chinese New Year open house in Kota Kinabalu today.

Commenting on the status of Sabah and Sarawak as regions, Shafie said this must be gazetted as it provides a distinction with other states on the peninsula.

He said this is vital because Sabah and Sarawak had certain powers that are very different from other states, such as immigration jurisdiction and certain rights in MA63.

In addition, he said the Federal Constitution also provides for several specific matters for Sabah and Sarawak, among them the provision of special allocations, which are stipulated in article 112D of the Federal Constitution.

“Such matters are not stipulated in other states from Perlis to Johor. So, we need a legal basis… the constitution should not be disputed,” he said.

On January 13, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reportedly said in his speech at the Umno general assembly that Sabah and Sarawak had been accorded the status of region and are no longer regarded as states within Malaysia. – Bernama, January 24, 2023.

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