Friday, October 20, 2017

PRESS STATEMENT: PKR WALKS THE TALK


Press Statement

I refer to a press statement by an unnamed person from the so-called Media Dept of PBDSB dated the 18th of October 2017 on Malay Unity.

PKR has always been consistent with our stand, especially on the rights of Sarawakians. Our membership includes prominent activists and lawyers who have fought on regular basis for Sarawakians’ rights especially on our native rights over land, religious freedom and oil justice in Sarawak.

Our track record speaks for itself; the party may have started in West Malaysia, but the members in PKR Sarawak are truly Sarawakians and have always been at the forefront of Sarawakians’ struggles.

The idea of a regional based party may sound most romantic but the reality is that the party that has stripped away our rights is a Sarawak-based party. PBDSB should really look in the mirror and start asking themselves what is it that they are fighting for. It seems that PBDSB remains a BN-friendly local-based party whose only wish is to maintain the current Barisan Nasional government for the next parliamentary election, and to continue with the current Barisan Nasional government of Sarawak which consists 100% of local-based parties who have, over the years, taken away the rights of the natives over their NCR land and allowed the curbing of religious freedom in Sarawak.

PBDSB ought to be reminded that it is the current local-based party of BN Sarawak that has appealed the decision in TR Sandah and TR Nyutan, the latest judgments of which have effectively removed all the natives’ rights over NCR land altogether. And each time the State BN leaders declared that they recognise NCR of the indigenous peoples of Sarawak our Chief YB Baru Bian would challenge them to withdraw their appeals pending in Court. Sadly their lawyers have never done so, as proven in these two cases of TR Sandah and TR Nyutan, which resulted in putting the natives in the worst possible scenario with regard to their rights to their NCR land.

Rather than speaking only in rhetoric, PKR Sarawak has for many years fought tooth and nail in and out of Court, as well as in the political arena, for the full recognition of Sarawakians’ rights be in on NCR land, religious freedom and rights over oil and revenue.

We walk the talk and we suggest PBDSB do so too.

By,
Simon Siah
Deputy Chief of PKR Youth (AMK) Sarawak.
18 October 2017

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