Sabah will table bill to limit CM's tenure to 2 terms – Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: The Sabah Cabinet has agreed in principle to limit the chief minister’s tenure to two terms. This will involve an amendment to the state constitution.
Chief minister Hajiji Noor said this proposal will be tabled at the next state assembly sitting for approval, adding that it will require the support of representatives from both sides of the political divide.
All constitutional amendments require two-thirds support of elected representatives.
“I made the proposal and the state Cabinet members have agreed to this. So, if all government and opposition assemblymen join hands and vote for the change, we will amend the state constitution.
“This proposal is another initiative brought by Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) and Barisan Nasional,” he said in a statement.
In March, Sabah Pakatan Harapan expressed its support to limit the state chief minister’s term.
Tawau MP Christina Liew said the proposal to limit the CM’s term was included in the Sabah reform agenda they had submitted to Hajiji last year.
Hajiji, who is also chairman of GRS, said it was time for leaders of Sabah’s local parties to unite in fighting for the state’s interests.
He said Sabah would not compromise in demanding its rights enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“The goal of GRS is to unite all local parties in the state to ensure that Sabah is developed and ruled by local parties in the future.
“The time has come for the people of Sabah and local political parties to join together in the coalition that we call GRS,” he said.
Hajiji also called on GRS’ machinery to mobilise fully in all areas to face the general election (GE15).
“I also ask the people of Beluran to ensure that the candidate chosen to represent GRS wins the parliamentary seat in GE15.”
In the last general election, the Beluran seat was won by Bersatu’s Ronald Kiandee, who is also the agriculture and food industries minister.
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