Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem took the unusual step yesterday to “categorically deny” postings made in the social media – in this case, the Facebook.
The denial could be prompted as the postings made by what looked like a pro-secessionist that goes by the nom de guerre “Sarawak Keluar Malaysia 2021” was a little thorny.
It could be seditious too.
What Adenan took exception is the posting claimed he (Adenan) is blaming Putrajaya and Umno for the “many so-called ills affecting the country” and that he “is threatening to secede from Malaysia if all the alleged problems are not solved”.
Adenan denied he had ever made any public statements to the effect and described the posting as “grossly wrong and a blatant act to put him in bad light in the eye of the federal government”.
He said he had time and again said “that Sarawak will never secede from Malaysia but that doesn’t mean the state cannot fight for its rights as enshrined in the Federal Constitution, the Malaysia Agreement 1963, the Malaysia Act, the Inter-Government Committee reports and recommendations and the Cobbold Commission reports”.
Since he came to office in early 2014, Adenan’s administration has been liberally laced with popular policies and a vow to restore Sarawak’s position as spelled out in the MA1963.
The vow, the corner stone of Adenan’s and the state Barisan Nasional’s election platform in the state polls earlier this year, propelled him to a near landslide win as Sarawakians not only gave the 72 year-old their support he sought for the fight but also sent a message to Putrajaya what their sentiment is right now.
The fight to reclaim Sarawak’s lost rights and status as one of the three founding states of the Federation of Malaysia nonetheless put Adenan on a collision course with Putrajaya.
Despite several rounds of talks, Sarawak’s demand for a 15% increase – from 5% to 20% – in oil and gas royalty had floundered.
So has the talks to restore the state’s rights.
Sarawakians could be forgiven if they feel their chief minister is anti-Putrajaya as he acted in such a way not seen in past chief ministers.
He has famously summarily dismissed federal policies that showed no common sense or were against the interest of Sarawak as “stupid” like attempting to get rid of the English language, the language of the colonial imperialists, from the education system and more recently the plan to close the four teaching colleges in the state.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s seeming action like he’s fighting back is not helping either.
Sarawakians see Najib’s refusal to fill the vacant full ministerial post in the federal cabinet when former Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah resigned to take up the Deputy Chief Minister’s post in the state as a sub to Adenan.
So was the sudden removal of Datuk Nancy Shukri as Law Minister, a removal many Sarawakians see as a displeasure of Sarawak’s refusal to support PAS’ Marang MP Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s Private Member’s Bill on hudud in parliament.
With all these “wayang kulit” at play, it is therefore no wonder that Facebookers like “Sarawak Keluar Malaysia 2021” are going to town with their political spin.
It’s a spin that has also come under attack from Adenan’s people, like the chairman of the BN Backbenchers Club of the Sarawak legislative assembly, Abdullah Saidol.
The Semop assemblyman said Adenan’s frankness and blunt statements are being manipulated by some unscrupulous people with an obvious aim of creating political anxiety between the state and federal government.
“We believe Adenan’s candid and tough statements are said in good faith nothing else but in the interest of the state and Sarawakians.
“And at the same time it’s fundamentally wrong to assume that the relationship with federal is going negative. For all intents and purposes, the state government led by Adenan are all for a stronger and better nation.”
Abdullah said “wicked political opportunists” are trying to create animosity and friction between the state and federal and they are “taking advantage” of Adenan’s outspokenness and razor sharp tongue “solely for political reason and obviously has no genuine issues of their own”.
Source : Laja Lang@The Heat Malaysia Online