Assembly speaker asserts Sarawak is a region, not a state

KOTA KINABALU: Sarawak Assembly Speaker Tan Sri Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar has publicly stated that Sarawak considers itself a region in Malaysia rather than just a state.


The Vibes reported that during a gathering at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) headquarters in Kuching, he emphasised that Sarawak holds a higher status than any other state in the country.

He highlighted that Malaysia was formed in 1963 through the unification of Malaya, Sarawak, Sabah, and Singapore, all of which are regions that came together to form one country.

As a result, he believes it is time for Sarawak to drop the term’state’ and rename its legislative assembly as the Sarawak legislative assembly to reflect its regional status.

As for the motion to officially remove the term ‘state,’ Asfia stated that the decision will be left to the assembly members during the upcoming sitting.

“This move by Sarawak to assert its higher standing within Malaysia has been gaining momentum, with Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) planning to utilise legislative channels to declare Sarawak as a region rather than a state,” he told The Vibes.

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