Sarawak minister denies amendments to state land law would be unconstitutional

She said the Control of Airspace and any Property Comprising Spectrum Above Land in Sarawak Bill was intended to enable the state to exercise its right to regulate the use of spectrum. in the airspace over land in Sarawak. — Photo by Sulok Tawie

By Sulok Tawie

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 7:33 PM MYT

KUCHING, May 18 – Deputy Minister for Law, Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and State-Federal Relations Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali today rejected a suggestion by a member of the objection that the Sarawak Land Code (Amendment) Bill may violate the Federal Constitution.

She said the Control of Airspace and any Property Comprising Spectrum Above Land in Sarawak Bill was intended to enable the state to exercise its right to regulate the use of spectrum. in the airspace over land in Sarawak.

“It is up to us to regulate the spectrum. It is in no way in conflict with the Federal Constitution,” she said during the closing of the debate on the Sarawak Land Code (Amendment) Bill 2022 in the State Assembly. .

Hasidah was responding to a suggestion made by DAP Padungan Assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen that the land code amendment relating to control of airspace and land spectrum in Sarawak may be unconstitutional federal.

She reiterated that the intention of the state government in amending the land code is to ensure that service providers extend telecom services to rural areas so that they are not left behind when the state proceeds to its digital economy.

She gave her assurance that the suggestions, ideas and recommendations raised during the debate will be taken into consideration in the formulation of subsequent rules in relation to the Land Code Amendment Bill.

“We are a cautious government. We will pay close attention to all spectrum and telecommunications issues as well as safety, security and environmental integrity issues that may arise in the carbon storage regulatory process,” she said. .

She said the state government will adhere to international standards and practices in implementing carbon storage projects.

Earlier this morning, Hasidah said the land code amendments will provide for state government control of the airspace above the land of the land as well as any property within that airspace, including the spectrum and also regulating the erection, maintenance and occupancy of any structure in that airspace.

She said the amendments will also regulate and control the use of land, on land and at sea, in the seabed that forms Sarawak’s continental shelf, for the storage, retention, capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide. or other greenhouse gases of any form or description.

Hasidah said the amendments are aimed at assisting and facilitating the implementation of the state government’s post-Covid 2030 development strategy, particularly with regard to establishing a network at scale. government, telecommunications infrastructure and services for digital technology adoption and sustainable use. land and natural resources in accordance with our commitments to take action to mitigate climate change and global warming.

The state assembly then passed the Sarawak Land Code (Amendment) Bill.