Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib said he was keeping an open mind on Abdullah’s controversial Judicial Appointment Commission bill.
Saying that he had yet to read the bill but did not think there was a constitutional provision which clearly stated that everything should be preserved as it was.
Taib was rather cautious commenting on the bill and emphasized lawmakers should be given more time to study the bill.
“The federal government should consider that if things were to be done too fast, then it could be disadvantageous to the people of Sarawak,” Taib said, quoted Borneo Post on Wednesday.
He added, there was an understanding by the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) – which was formed to discuss and draft the terms and conditions of the Federal Constitution that Sarawak should remain the way it was after it agreed to be part of Malaysia.
The Sarawak chief minister said let the debate continue to see how the state could accommodate positive changes as well as prevent those changes that would not benefit Sarawak.
However he said there was no official view on the matter yet and therefore would like to listen to the debate first.
“We have to grow step by step towards a national outlook for this kind of development.
“How fast? Well, it is up to the legal profession to express their views. I have an open mind,” Taib said.
Meanwhile, minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the proposed Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) is a reflection of the government’s determination to re-instil public confidence in the judiciary, Dewan Rakyat was told on Tuesday according to Malaysiakini news report.