Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem should cease and desist from his inclination towards the racial profiling practised by the Umno-dominated BN in Peninsular Malaysia, says state PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How.
“Sarawakians, no matter their race or ethnicity, should live as one. We must make the most of our potentials in our diverse society and contribute towards the greatness of this beautiful state.
“To be a Sarawakian, and even more so as a leader, we should reject racial profiling in politics,” said See (right), who is the Batu Lintang assemblyperson.
He said the newly-appointed chief minister was applauded when he categorically stated, in his first public address, that he would be the chief minister for all.
“To walk his talk, Adenan should cease and desist from his inclination towards the racial profiling practised by the Umno-dominated BN in Peninsular Malaysia. He must strive to make a difference that all Sarawakians aspire for,” he said in reference to a recent statement by Adenan.
Adenan had said that the non-Chinese in the Sarawak were BN supporters while the Chinese backed the opposition.
Urban voters not easily swayed
“Tagging the non-Chinese in the state as BN supporters and Chinese as being with the opposition is rhetorical and superficial.
“In Malaysia, and elsewhere, polling in the urban centres simply shows that the contributory and or determinant factors are general and that universal issues of basic rights, good governance and justice for all are crucial.
“The urban voters are not easily swayed by racist political undertones. They are driven by escalating political and social awareness.
“The new CM needs only to look at the polling results and the polling trend in Peninsular Malaysia to understand that his political ‘racial profiling’ is erroneous and invalid,” said See, who went on to accuse Adenan of echoing Umno’s ‘What more do the Chinese want?” cry.
He added: “Urbanisation and the upsurge of political and social awareness have seen Pakatan Rakyat gaining an expansive support base to form the government in states such as Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Perak in the 2008 general election.
“The sustained backing of mass-based PAS in Kelantan is also contradictory to Adenan’s contention based on racial profiling.
“The numbers are even more telling when the Chinese population in Malaysia is 24 percent but the Pakatan Rakyat coalition obtained more than 51 percent of the popular votes in the 13th general election held last May.”
To sustain a peaceful and harmonious society in Sarawak and provide the leadership to lead the state into the next decade, he said, Adenan must look beyond race and inspire all Sarawakians to work towards a greater Sarawak, as well as ensure fair distribution of the wealth generated, irrespective of race.
“As chief minister for all, he must not discriminate against his own rakyat. Instead, he should take care of everybody’s needs.
“A good step forward for Adenan will be to distance himself from the former administration and hopefully, the state cabinet under him will also provide a fixed annual grant for all government-aided and independent primary and secondary schools,” See added.