Stay united in fight­ing for Sarawak’s rights — CM

The Borneo Post - - HOME - De­cem­ber 9, 2018 By Rin­tos Mail re­[email protected]­bor­neo­post.com

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 that 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 the last gen­eral elec­tions, I and my fel­low friends in the cab­i­net, we an­a­lysed our past ex­pe­ri­ence in BN and think that this is the best time for us to leave BN and stand on our own.

“We de­cided to leave BN be­cause we learn through that process, we have learned,” he said.

Abang Jo­hari said that Sarawak must be in­de­pen­dent in cer­tain mat­ters, es­pe­cially as it strives to get back the Sarawak rights that had been eroded.

He said get­ting back these rights was in their (Sarawak BN) man­i­festo dur­ing the last state elec­tion, which was led by the pre­vi­ous Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Ade­nan Satem.

Now, he con­tin­ued, the Gabun­gan Parti Sarawak (GPS) man­i­festo is the man­i­festo even though it is not the Bible, it is a prom­ise.

“We got elected be­cause of our man­i­festo and we won 72 out of 82. Un­for­tu­nately Tok Nan died, but I con­tinue to get back our rights.

“We want to make sure that what is promised is be­ing im­ple­mented, what is writ­ten in con­sti­tu­tion must be safe­guarded,” he stressed.

UPP pres­i­dent Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Deputy Pres­i­dent Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, sec­re­tary gen­eral Ge­orge Lo and Youth chief Johnichal Ray­ong Ngipa were also present.

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. — Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg, Chief Min­is­ter

Abang Jo­hari be­ing greeted on ar­rival by UPP party mem­bers.

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