KUCHING: Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak condemned Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s recent statement that the government would take stern action against those attempting to instigate the people using the slogans ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’ and ‘Sabah for Sabahans’.
According to PH chairman and state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen, PH viewed Ahmad Zahid’s statement as a threat, and called on Sarawak Barisan Nasional (Sarawak BN) to stand against Umno’s oppression of Sarawak.
He also commented that such slogan was endorsed by Sarawak BN during the 2016 state election and it had helped obtain some votes for BN as well.
“However, now that the “Sarawak for Sarawakians” slogan works against BN due to the reluctance on the part of BN to devolve power to the state, the BN government attempts to criminalise the slogan.
“Ahmad Zahid’s statement speaks clearly of UMNO’s position against the demands of Sarawakians for more autonomous power and it is also the way UMNO flexes its muscle against Sarawak,” he said during a press conference held at DAP headquarters here today.
Chong noted that it was only as recent as Nov 17 that the state government has proposed for Ahmad Zahid to be the person to lead the team representing the federal government in the negotiation for the devolution of power to Sarawak and yet Ahmad Zahid had issued such a statement that showed he is against the demands of Sarawakians.
PH also expressed their disappointment that four days have passed since the statement was made, but the only reaction from Sarawak BN was an apologetic explanation by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan while other state leaders remained silent.
Also present were PKR Sarawak chairman Baru Bian, Amanah Sarawak chairman Mohd Fidzuan Zaidi, DAP Sarawak deputy chairman Chiew Chin Sing, state PKR Women chief Nurhanim Hanna Mokhsen, Krian assemblyman Ali Biju and other PH committee members.
~ Borneo Post