Tuesday, October 18, 2016

BARU BIAN: CM RIGHT TO RECLAIM STATE RIGHTS


PRESS STATEMENT
17 OCTOBER 2016

I was encouraged to read in the Borneo Post today that the CM is minded to reclaim Sarawak’s rights from the Federal government, in particular, the reversal of the 1976 amendment of the Federal Constitution. He has been championing our rights since taking over the helm and in this, we support him fully. On certain matters such as our autonomy and oil royalties, the CM has talked about requesting for such from the PM as he is unable to unilaterally take what we want. However, it is well within his power to direct the Sarawakian MPs in the BN component parties to submit a motion and we wait with great anticipation to see what unfolds.

On our part, we will encourage the PKR MPs to support such a motion if it is tabled in Parliament. PKR MP Johari Abdul has spoken up on this issue several times. In fact, last year, in Parliament, he said that Sabah and Sarawak should be treated as equal partners in the federation and should be given equal allocation of funds. He went further to say that if he were PM, he would appoint a deputy prime minister each for Sabah and Sarawak to oversee their respective territories.

On this matter of reclaiming Sarawak’s rights, the CM Adenan Satem has been the most vocal from the BN camp, taking on this issue which we have advocated since 2011. We would be very interested to hear what the leaders of other Sarawakian BN component parties have to say. Which party will take the lead to prepare and submit the motion in Parliament? This is what Sarawakians are waiting to see.

I earnestly hope that these party leaders will throw their weight behind the CM. Regardless of their numbers, all MPs must make strong representations in Parliament for Sarawak. The federal government must be made aware that Sarawakians are united in this issue and will not be treated as poor cousins any longer.

For the CM, this is a test of his sincerity on reclaiming Sarawak’s rights, and of his leadership of the BN component parties. It is crucial that Sarawakian voices start to be heard loud and clear in Parliament. Moves are being made to change the social contract that is the foundation of the federation of Malaysia and we must rise up to the challenge of defending the vision of Malaysia was it was meant to be.

Baru Bian
Chairman, KEADILAN Sarawak / ADUN N81’ Ba’ Kelalan





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