Sarawak has a responsibility to strengthen the Federation of Malaysia, said Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
The Chief Minister made this statement in relation to the negotiations with Putrajaya on the devolution of power to the state, saying “The state has no intention of wanting to weaken the Federation of Malaysia, as it is only claiming its rights enshrined under the Federal Constitution, Malaysia Agreement 1963, the Malaysia Act, the Inter-Governmental Reports and Recommendations and the Cobbold Commision Report”.
“It is not that we want to weaken the Federation of Malaysia. In fact, the willingness of the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) to negotiate with Sarawak in an effort to devolve power and return the autonomy powers of Sarawak, which has been eroded all this while, has enlivened the spirit of Sarawak to ensure Malaysia continues to remain strong,” he said in his speech at the state-level National Day Celebration at Sri Aman Sports Complex yesterday which was officiated at by Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.
He expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister for having an open mind to Sarawak’s request.
Adenan also thanked Petronas for respecting the wishes of Sarawak and that they were ready to negotiate, in order for the state to further benefit from its oil and gas resources.
“A few days ago, Petronas had agreed to the seven points as requested by Sarawak. This is just the beginning as the state will continue its negotiations regarding its royalty and other things.
“Prior to this, no Sarawakian was appointed to the Petronas board of directors. After negotiation, Petronas has agreed to appoint State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani as a member of its board of directors as Sarawak’s representative.
“Sarawakians will also fill 75 per cent of executive positions, and 60 per cent of managerial and management positions by 2020. Petronas has also expressed its commitment to support the downstream industries (petrochemical sector),” he said.
He also revealed that Petronas will increase the participation of Sarawakians in its technical training nationwide other than education opportunities for Sarawakians at University Teknologi Petronas in Perak.
Also present were Taib’s wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Raghad Kurdi Taib, Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing and Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, Adenan’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, state cabinet members and other dignitaries.
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