Stay united in fight­ing for Sarawak’s rights — CM

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME - By Rin­tos Mail

Doc­u­ments per­tain­ing to the re­brand­ing of United Peo­ple’s Party (UPP) to Parti Sarawak Ber­satu (PSB) will be sub­mit­ted to the Reg­is­trar of So­ci­eties (RoS) here for ap­proval to­mor­row (Dec 10).

UPP sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ge­orge Lo said the mat­ter needs to be car­ried out quickly as it in­volves chang­ing the party’s name and logo, as well as amend­ment to its con­sti­tu­tion.

“We are go­ing to pur­sue this vig­or­ously with RoS be­cause it con­cerns the change of the party’s name and logo. We would like to have the amend­ment ap­proved on an ur­gent ba­sis,” he said.

He added that only when the green light is given by RoS will the con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment be deemed tech­ni­cally and legally ef­fec­tive.

Lo was ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing UPP’s Ex­tra­or­di­nary Del­e­gates Con­fer­ence (EDC) yes­ter­day in which del­e­gates unan­i­mously agreed to change the party’s name and logo and to amend their con­sti­tu­tion.

He said since the name and logo of the party is part of the con­sti­tu­tion, the amend­ment is nec­es­sary to change it from UPP to PSB.

“How­ever, I think you will find that ev­ery mem­ber of the party is see­ing them­selves as a mem­ber of PSB from now on,” he added.

On an­other note, Lo high­lighted that three res­o­lu­tions were passed by the del­e­gates at the EDC.

The first res­o­lu­tion, he said, is to pro­vide the party’s full sup­port and to­tal loy­alty to the lead­er­ship of Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg.

Ac­cord­ing to him, party mem­bers were told that Abang Jo­hari has been at ev­ery stage of the party’s mile­stone – a re­flec­tion of the spe­cial re­la­tion­ship formed be­tween the chief min­is­ter and the party.

He said it was Abang Jo­hari – then Min­is­ter of Tourism and Hous­ing – who ar­ranged for the meet­ing with for­mer prime min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak to seek ap­proval to form UPP.

“He (Abang Jo­hari) was there be­fore we (UPP) were formed. Dur­ing our first Tri­en­nial Del­e­gates Con­fer­ence (Jan 11, 2015) after the party was reg­is­tered, he was also the guest of hon­our,” said Lo.

The sec­ond res­o­lu­tion, he said, is to call on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to hon­our its elec­tion man­i­festo in restor­ing the rights and priv­i­leges of Sarawak as en­shrined in the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963.

“The third res­o­lu­tion is adopted from the party pres­i­dent’s speech dur­ing the un­veil­ing of the party’s new name and logo, which is the de­sire of the party to work with any like-minded per­sons or par­ties to serve the bet­ter in­ter­est of ev­ery Sarawakian in ev­ery com­mu­nity.”

UPP pres­i­dent Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, who also at­tended the press con­fer­ence, said it has al­ways been a ‘tradition’ for the party to be part of the state’s rul­ing coali­tion.

“All this time, we re­mained as ‘BN-Plus’ or BN-friendly party to work with them (state rul­ing coali­tion). It has be­come a tradition in a way. Now, we are also a fam­ily in a way,” said the Sec­ond Fi­nance Min­is­ter, who is also In­ter­na­tional Trade and ECom­merce Min­is­ter. KUCH­ING: Sarawakians must be united po­lit­i­cally in pur­su­ing their strug­gle to pro­tect Sarawak’s con­sti­tu­tional rights.

In mak­ing this point, Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg said the Sarawak had learned a lot dur­ing its 55 years work­ing un­der one roof with their coun­ter­parts in Malaya.

He re­vealed that when they (the party lead­ers) talked about Sarawak within the group of Barisan Na­sional (BN) then, the ma­jor­ity would stand.

“Out of the 14 or 13 par­ties, only four are from Sarawak. So when they say no, what can you do. If the na­tional pol­icy says A, we have to say yes be­cause it is based on con­sen­sus.

“This is our prob­lem when we were in BN be­fore. Mahu lawan taukey pun susah (want to go against the boss is also dif­fi­cult). Then they said if you are not happy, you can go out from BN. In that par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion, what do you do? Ikut saja lah (Just fol­low only).

“That is what we have gone through over the last 55 years,” he said at the United Peo­ple’s Party (UPP) ex­tra­or­di­nary del­e­gates’ con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

Abang Jo­hari lamented that when they just fol­lowed, Sarawak lost its power and its oil.

He said even the state’s power com­pany (Sesco) was also al­most lost or taken over.

“That is why when BN lost in

Abang Jo­hari beat­ing the gong to of­fi­ci­ate at the United Peo­ple’s Party (UPP) ex­tra­or­di­nary del­e­gates’ con­fer­ence in Kuch­ing yes­ter­day.

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