After independence, Sabah and Sarawak can still remain in the Malaysian Common Market

What matters is the spiritual nature of truth as evident in the Holy Bible, the Word of God.

The spiritual nature of truth is self-evident.

It need not be proven.

It stands proven.

The truth, once it emerges, cannot be hidden.

It will manifest itself.

Jesus said, “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free”.

“The truth, once it emerges, cannot be hidden,” said Jesus. “It will be shouted from the rooftops.”

Article VIII in MA63 is the truth.

It has emerged.

It can no longer be hidden.

It will manifest itself.

The Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) does not cease to exist by being incorporated, either fully or in part, in the Federal Constitution.

It continues, as the ultimate political document for Sabah and Sarawak, and has force of law.

MA63 is separate from the definition of law in the Federal Constitution.

As a matter of strategy, the ruling parties in Sabah and Sarawak should not join the ruling alliance in Putrajaya.

Having said that, both the Borneo territories represented by the ruling parties should hold the Minister’s or Deputy Minister’s posts in four federal portfolios viz. defence, internal security, foreign affairs and Malaysian Common Market.

That will pave the way for the two Borneo territories to Invoke Article VIII of MA63 for self-determination.

16 Sept 1963 was a form of self determination. However, the Federal gov’t has been in non-compliance on MA63. That’s tantamount to Malaya “invading and occupying” Sabah and Sarawak.

Even if the Federal gov’t had been in full compliance, Sabah and Sarawak would have to Invoke Article VIII of MA63 for a new form of self-determination.

That would pave the way for decentralisation, the Federal gov’t’s devolution of greater administrative powers to Sabah and Sarawak, autonomy, self-gov’t, independence, and membership in the UN, Commonwealth and Asean, among others.

After independence, Sabah and Sarawak can still remain in the Malaysian Common Market.

Author: fernzthegreat

Joe Fernandez holds a honours degree in management, majoring in economics, and has opted from academia in law to being a jurist. He was trained professionally on the job as a journalist. He's a longtime Borneo watcher, keen on the history and legal aspects of Malaya's presence in Sabah and Sarawak. He teaches the English language privately and has emerged as a subject matter expert in public examination techniques.

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