A “huge” crowd will gather at the Kuching Waterfront on November 21 when the state government tables a motion on restoring Sarawak’s status as an equal partner in the Federation of Malaysia, the Sarawak For Sarawakians (S4S) claimed today.
The group declined to specify the predicted turnout, but further claimed that it could match the numbers who attended the Bersih 4 rally last year.
“We want to show our support to our elected representatives at state level and to witness this historic moment to regain our status after the 1976 humiliation when we were downgraded to a state instead of a founding partner,” S4S spokesman Peter John Jaban told reporters.
He said the police and the management of the Kuching Waterfront Development Sdn Bhd have been notified of the gathering at the waterfront, which is in the full view of the State Assembly Building on the other bank of Sarawak River.
“All that is left is for the people to join together to show the federal government that the people of Sarawak support this motion,” Jaban said.
He said the movement is delighted to see both ruling and opposition lawmakers set aside their differences to defend Sarawak’s rights in the state assembly, which will meet from November 21 to 30.
Jaban urged Sarawakians to not focus on who was to blame for the downgrading of Sarawak’s status to one of the states in Malaysia, but to move forward as a united people.
He said the motion, to be tabled by a senior state minister, will be a first but significant step towards regaining Sarawak’s position as a founding state of the county, one with special rights provided under the Malaysia Agreement 1963, Malaysia Act, Inter-Governmental Committee Report and Cobbold Commission Report.
“It is our responsibility, as the people of Sarawak, to safeguard our state, regardless of our political affiliations,” he said, adding that the loss of Sarawak’s status was a result, not just of politicians ignorance, but also the ignorance of the people of their own rights and interests.
Source : The Malay Mail Online