Sarawak should be given legislative power over tourism, says state deputy minister

20/5/2022 6:41:00 AM
Sarawak should be given legislative power over tourism, says state deputy minister

Sarawak should be given legislative power over tourism, says state deputy minister

Sabah & Sarawak, Sarawak

Sarawak should be given legislative power over tourism, says state deputy minister

KUCHING: The Sarawak government wants tourism to be moved from the federal list in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution to the concurrent list .

"This is one of several constitutional amendments proposed by Sarawak, following the amendments to Article 1(2), 160(2) and 161A (6) and (7) which came into effect on Feb 11," she told Datuk Ibrahim Baki (GPS-Satok) during question time in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly on Friday (May 20).

Ibrahim had asked which of the state's demands in relation to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) had been resolved and which were still outstanding.Sharifah Hasidah said the outstanding demands included having a representative from Sarawak on the board of the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) and reviewing the special grant under Article 112D of the Federal Constitution.

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State Deputy Minister in the Premier's Department (Law, MA63 and State-Federal Relations) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said the state government had proposed an amendment to the Constitution on this matter, which would give Sarawak legislative power over tourism.The state legislative assembly passed the Land Code (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday (May 18) after it was debated by 17 assemblymen.Telegram channel for the latest updates.State deputy Public Health, Housing and Local Government Minister Michael Tiang said final inspection, testing and commissioning of the new hospital were currently being carried out.

"This is one of several constitutional amendments proposed by Sarawak, following the amendments to Article 1(2), 160(2) and 161A (6) and (7) which came into effect on Feb 11," she told Datuk Ibrahim Baki (GPS-Satok) during question time in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly on Friday (May 20). Ibrahim had asked which of the state's demands in relation to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) had been resolved and which were still outstanding. Carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Sharifah Hasidah said the outstanding demands included having a representative from Sarawak on the board of the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) and reviewing the special grant under Article 112D of the Federal Constitution. She said it is also for the control of any property in that airspace, including but not limited to spectrum, while also regulating the erection, maintenance and occupation of any structure in that airspace. She said the state government would continue negotiations with the Federal Government to resolve these issues. She said the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from industries would have to be captured, compressed, transported and stored underground or in other secure facilities. "For instance, we have proposed a candidate to represent the state government on the LHDN (Inland Revenue Board) board. Located in Simanggang town, about 190km from here, the new Sri Aman Hospital was approved in 2007 but faced delays, with construction only starting in 2016.

"This is important to ensure that the state government knows the nation's financial standing, which will assist our negotiations in reviewing the special grant, among others," she said. "Once approved by SPA, licences will be issued for the land to be used as carbon storage sites," she said when tabling the Bill. Hasidah said the current term “land” was defined when the Land Code was enacted in 1958, which means that it has to be updated and be aligned or in line with the interpretations of other Malaysian laws, such as the National Land Code. However, she said Sarawak had yet to receive feedback from the federal government on these matters. Article type: metered . She also said rules would be drawn up on the trading of carbon credit generated from carbon storage based on international standards.