To Sarawak se­ces­sion ru­mour

> Chief min­is­ter’s of­fice says Face­book post­ing on threat to opt out ‘grossly wrong’


KUALA LUMPUR: There is no chance that Sarawak will se­cede from Malaysia but it can fight for its rights as en­shrined in the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, said its Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem ( He pointed out that those rights are also men­tioned in the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963, the Malaysia Act, In­ter-Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee Re­ports and Rec­om­men­da­tions, and the Cob­bold Com­mis­sion Re­ports. Ade­nan de­nied claims cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia that he had blamed the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and Umno for the prob­lems faced by the coun­try. A Face­book post­ing claimed that the chief min­is­ter had al­legedly threat­ened to se­cede if the al­leged prob­lems were not re­solved.

The post­ing had orig­i­nated from a Face­book ac­count un­der the user­name “Sarawak Keluar Malaysia 2021”.

“The post­ing is grossly wrong and a bla­tant act to cast the chief min­is­ter in bad light in the eyes of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment,” Ade­nan’s of­fice said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

His of­fice added that it was cat­e­gor­i­cally deny­ing that Ade­nan had made any pub­lic state­ments in re­gard to the mat­ter.

Dur­ing the in­au­gu­ral of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tion of Sarawak Day on July 22, Ade­nan had said: “Our po­si­tion is no se­ces­sion. Malaysia be­fore, Malaysia now and Malaysia for­ever in the fu­ture.” He said it was the duty of Sarawak to re­mind of­fi­cials from Kuala Lumpur of the per­ti­nence of the Malaysia Agree­ment.

Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion, he stressed that Sarawak chose to be part of Malaysia back in 1963.

“It is our choice to be in­de­pen­dent part­ners. That is why we have the agree­ment.”

The Sarawak In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion this year was the first of its kind after the state gov­ern­ment gazetted July 22 as a pub­lic hol­i­day.

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