KUCHING: The Opposition in Sarawak wants to resolve political differences, quickly revitalise and reconstruct itself and work together on a platform and agenda which would be representative of the hopes and aspirations of the people.
They want to mount a strong challenge to the Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak in the coming state election.
PKR Vice Chairman See Chee How says there’s reason for cautious optimism. He was dismissing a media report that the Opposition was in shambles and that the ruling party was set to do well in forthcoming state elections.
“Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem is in a precarious position,” claimed See who is also Batu Lintang Assemblyman. “All credit (goes) to him for doing something about illegal logging activities in Sarawak, but besides that he seems to have little control over the Sarawak Government.”
The regime of his predecessor, Taib Mahmud who is now Governor, appears to be in charge and Adenan was helpless in dealing with his federal counterparts who have caused Sarawakians to suffer much more than before, added See. “The new CM has failed to convince the Federal Government to increase petroleum royalty to 20 per cent.”
Citing other examples, See pointed out that Adenan had also failed to stop questionable land deals, controversial dam projects and lately the selling of profit-making strategic state-owned company Sacofa to the Taib family-owned Cahya Mata Sdn Bhd at a huge discount.
“It cannot be denied that Sarawakians have high hopes of the new state administration,” said See. “But the voters are equally aware, based on previous experience, that a single new leader alone cannot cure the deep-rooted flaws in the BN.”
At the same time, he added, the voters are as hopeful for the strengthening of Pakatan Rakyat as a viable alternative coalition. “The decision by DAP Sarawak to leave PR needs to be addressed and resolved quickly.”
~ Free Malaysia Today