PH to go by the book

The new fed­eral govern­ment to use Buku Hara­pan as guide in restor­ing Sarawak’s rights

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Rin­tos Mail reporters@the­bor­neo­

KUCH­ING: Pakatan Hara­pan ( PH) wi l l strictly fol low its Buku Hara­pan when it comes to restor­ing the rights of Sarawak.

State Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat ( PKR) vice chair­man See Chee How said ev­ery prom­ise made to Sabah and Sarawak by PH was clearly writ­ten in the book.

“You talk about the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 ( MA63), you talk about the au­ton­o­mous power, you talk about the de­vo­lu­tion of power, it is all there. Buku Hara­pan con­tains the pil­lar and the prom­ises that we have of­fered to all Malaysians if we win the gen­eral elec­tion.

“We have won and there­fore, I have no doubt on the PH govern­ment in ful­fill­ing all its prom­ises, in­clud­ing the de­vo­lu­tion of pow­ers to Sarawak,” he told a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

See said on the in­cep­tion of PH on Jan­uary 6, 2016, the part­ners in PH had al­ready made the prom­ises that it would recog­nise the sta­tus of Sabah and Sarawak as ac­corded in the MA63, which, he stressed, was al­ready a prin­ci­ple for the for­ma­tion of PH.

“Then, when we made Buku Hara­pan we have five pil­lars and 10 prom­ises in 100 days, 60 prom­ises in five years and other spe­cial pledges. For us in Sarawak the im­por­tant pil­lar is the re­turn of Sabah and Sarawak to the sta­tus ac­corded in Malaysia Agree­ment 1963.

“Un­der the prom­ises, we are to set a Spe­cial Cabi­net Com­mit­tee to prop­erly en­force the MA63 within

Un­der the prom­ises, we are to set up a Spe­cial Cabi­net Com­mit­tee to prop­erly en­force the MA63 within the first 100 days.

the fi rst 100 days,” he said.

See said the com­mit­tee will con­sist of rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the penin­sula, Sabah and Sarawak, who have ex­per­tise in rel­e­vant matters. The cabi­net com­mit­tee, he added, would be man­dated to look into all the au­ton­o­mous power of Sarawak; how to de­volve power and all re­lated matters.

Then within six months, the com­mit­tee will re­port back to the cabi­net on how things are to be im­ple­mented, he said fur­ther.

See noted that when PH talks of de­vo­lu­tion, the whole sys­tem must be there – the leg­isla­tive, ad­min­is­tra­tive and fis­cal.

“Barisan Na­sional ( BN) is talk­ing just about ad­min­is­tra­tive. If you want the ad­min­is­tra­tive power you must be given the money. If no money, how are you go­ing to run the state?

“But the de­vo­lu­tion of power that PH is talk­ing about is leg­isla­tive, ad­min­is­tra­tive and fis­cal,” he said. On state PH chair­man Chong Chieng Jen’s state­ment that the de­vo­lu­tion of power to the state govern­ment was off, See said he was not sure in what con­text he (Chong) was talk­ing as he was not in the press con­fer­ence.

See Chee How, state Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat vice chair­man

“But my un­der­stand­ing is he pro­posed and went to the Chief Min­is­ter’s Of­fice to sub­mit the pro­posal. CM re­fused to ac­cept the pro­posal and it was not signed.

“That is an­other thing. But if you are talk­ing about de­vo­lu­tion of power, my ex­pla­na­tion is Sarawak’s right would be granted ac­cord­ing to our ( PH) man­i­festo,” he said.

See pointed out that there are many ways on how de­vo­lu­tion can be done; it could be the Scot­landUK man­ner or the Ire­land man­ner of do­ing it.

“I think the cabi­net com­mit­tee will de­lib­er­ate from there and find out the best way to do it.

“Of course, for it to ma­te­ri­alise we need the co­op­er­a­tion from the govern­ment of the day, which runs the state and man­ages the state,” he said.

See showing the Buku Hara­pan, which con­tains the pil­lar and prom­ises PH of­fered to all Malaysians.

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