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July 23, 2014

Sabah, Sarawak top on Anwar’s revamp plan if Pakatan captures Putrajaya

DESMOND DAVIDSON

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has outlined a seven-point plan if Pakatan Rakyat captured Putrajaya, focusing on ties between the federal and state governments, particularly between Sabah and Sarawak.

The opposition leader said priority is the current federal-state arrangement to share petroleum wealth.

In the revamp, petroleum-producing states would be given a better say in how Petronas is managed, he said.

This would be by appointing a director each from Sarawak, Sabah and the other petroleum-producing states to the national oil company’s board.

“This is in recognition of the injustice in the marginalisation and poverty suffered by Sarawak and Sabah despite their rich resources, as a result of corruption, nepotism and cronyism by both the federal and state governments,” Anwar said (pic) at a gathering marking Sarawak’s 51st year of independence in Kuching today.

He said the PR government will establish a state-owned, second-tiered oil and gas company for Sabah and Sarawak to manage their oil and gas resources and a 20% royalty on the oil and gas revenue for those states.

“I believe the people of Sarawak deserve more.

“Malaysia is a federation, which is why we have what is called the Federal Constitution.

“However, when we go through the Federal List, it would soon begin to dawn on us that our federation, for all intents and purposes, is more a unitary state.”

He also promised to protect the freedom of expression and information in all languages, as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, including the use of Allah in Malay- and Iban-language Bibles and other publications.

Added to the list were:

Establishing a television channel for Borneo and abolishing the cabotage policy “to eliminate the artificial price disparity that burdens the people of Sarawak and Sabah”.

Constructing the long-promised Pan-Borneo highway with comparable quality to those highways in the peninsula.
Ensuring 90% of households in Sarawak and Sabah have electricity and tap water.

Correcting and preventing the illegal naturalisation and enfranchisement of foreigners.

On illegals, Anwar promised to establish permanent joint federal-state commissions in Sarawak and Sabah answerable to both the parliament and the state’s respective state legislative assemblies.

These commissions would oversee the naturalisation of foreigners in the two states, the trans-migration of other Malaysians into Sabah and Sarawak, and border and coastline security.

To ensure protection of the native communities and environment, Anwar vowed to establish state-land commissions in Sarawak and Sabah, “with institutionalised representation from the native communities to administer land especially native customary rights (NCR) lands”.

The commissions, Anwar said, were answerable to the respective state assemblies.

He also promised:

To establish “elected third-tiered governments at city and division levels, with the boundaries of rural divisions taking into account socio-cultural boundaries of native communities where possible, to facilitate participatory decision-making and indigenous autonomy”.

Greater “Borneonisation” of the civil service with more people from Sabah and Sarawak being drafted into administrative and diplomatic services, including the appointment of ambassadors.

To oversee the revamp, he said a Royal Commission of Inquiry would be established to commence a study on the health of federalism in Malaysia within the first year of the new (PR) federal government and complete it within three years.

The goal, Anwar said was “to reform and rejuvenate our federal system before GE15 (15th general election) to better serve the nation and all the states and territories”.

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2 Comments »

  1. What strength have one director each for Sarawak and Sabah in Petronas. When come to voting only 2 votes against many. Usless! Mouth talking faster than brain.

    Comment by Ali bin Abu — July 25, 2014 @ 2:30 AM | Reply

  2. We are through with sharing, i.e., Malayan leeches sucking on our blood. We are taking back what are rightfully ours. Malayans can take their Petronas and shove it where the Sun don’t shine.

    Comment by Hornbill Leashed and Gagged — July 23, 2014 @ 2:01 PM | Reply


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