Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian felt encouraged when he read in The Borneo Post yesterday that
Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem was determined to reclaim Sarawak’s rights from Putrajaya.
The state PKR chairman said in a press statement that the chief minister had been championing the state’s rights since taking over the helm, and PKR fully supported him on this.
“On matters such as our autonomy and oil royalties, the chief minister has talked about requesting for such from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as he is unable to unilaterally take what we want.
“However, it is well within his power to direct Sarawakian MPs from BN component parties to submit a motion. We wait with great anticipation to see what unfolds.”
Baru said his party would encourage all its MPs to support the motion if it were tabled in Parliament.
“PKR MP Johari Abdul has spoken on this issue several times. In Parliament last year, he said Sabah and Sarawak should be treated as equal partners in the federation and should be given equal allocation of funds.
“He (Johari) went further to say that if he were prime minister, he would appoint a deputy prime minister each for Sabah and Sarawak to oversee their respective territories.”
On reclaiming the state’s rights, Baru said Adenan had been the most vocal from the BN camp, taking on this issue that PKR Sarawak had been advocating since 2011.
“We would be very interested to hear what the leaders of other Sarawakian BN component parties have to say. Which party will take the lead to prepare and submit the motion in Parliament? This is what Sarawakians are waiting to see.”
Baru said he earnestly hoped these party leaders would throw their weight behind the chief minister.
“Regardless of their numbers, all MPs must make strong representations in Parliament for Sarawak. The federal government must be made aware that Sarawakians are united in this issue and will not be treated as poor cousins any longer.”
For Adenan, Baru said this would be a test of his sincerity on reclaiming the state’s rights and of his leadership.
“It is crucial that Sarawakian voices start to be heard loud and clear in Parliament. Moves are being made to change the social contract that is the foundation of the federation of Malaysia, and we must rise up to the challenge of defending the vision of Malaysia it was meant to be.”
The Borneo Post Online