Monday, April 18, 2016

Baru Bian: PKR Sarawak welcomes abolishment of ‘Lain-lain’, calls to gazette 22 July as public holiday in recognition of Self-Government Day


Media statement
18 April 2016

Parti Keadilan Rakyat Sarawak welcomes the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to remove ‘Lain-lain’ from all official forms in Sarawak, which is in line with the call that has been made by PKR all the while. We thank Putrajaya for implementing PKR’s policy and we would like to stress that PKR is going to implement more policies that will benefit the people of Sarawak if we are given the mandate by the people in this coming state election.

PKR has been calling for removal of ‘Lain-lain’ in official forms for a long time, and in our 18-Point Roadmap launched in August 2015, we had incorporated that pledge as part of our very first point themed Sovereignty and Governance. (Please refer to the 18-Point Roadmap attached.)

In our 18-Point Roadmap, we have also put in plan to gazette 22 July as public holiday for Sarawak in recognition of our Self-Government Day, also known by some people as the ‘Independence Day’ of Sarawak.

Over the last five years, PKR state assemblymen had been vocal in championing interests of the Sarawakians both inside and outside the State Legislative Assembly. For instance, among the significant motions that we had tabled in the assembly was to regain Sarawak’s autonomy in education through the Malaysia Agreement, as well as calling the state government to object implementation of Territorial Sea Act 2012 which is detrimental to interest of Sarawak, both of which were passed unaniamously in the assembly.

We believe that our efforts in championing the interests of Sarawak people are being noticed and some changes are taking place. What we need now is a stronger mandate from the people in order to maintain that momentum of positive reform and to bring more changes for a better Sarawak.

Should we given the mandate, we shall endeavour to constitute the Sarawak Select Committee on Competency, Accountability and Transparency (SARACAT) that will hold hearings to investigate important issues concerning Sarawak, as a means for better governance in the state; we shall also move ahead to investigate allegations of graft, fraud, misappropriation, malfeasance, criminal breaches of trust, and profiteering without fear or favour and to initiate legal proceedings as a consequence for full restitution of public funds.

We invite the people to join hands with PKR Sarawak to embark on journey to strive for a better future of Sarawak.

Baru Bian
Chairman, PKR Sarawak


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