he decision to withdraw the motion to reclaim Sarawak’s rights is a very serious reversal that can lead to a voter backlash, said PKR Wanita national vice- president Voon Shiak Ni.
The situation, she said, was exacerbated by what happened at the Sabah Assembly yesterday where Chief Minister Musa Aman had given an assurance that the state government was willing to sit down with the opposition to discuss the issue and find common ground.
State representatives from the Sabah BN-led government had spent over an hour during the question-and-answer session tending to a question by Jeffrey Kitingan (Star-Bingkor) on the state government’s stand on restoring the rights of Sabah and Sarawak in accordance with Article 1 (2) of the Malaysian Constitution.
Voon said it was particularly aggravating that despite the talk of autonomy by Sarawakians, it was the Sabah assembly that had taken steps regarding the matter.
“The disappointment is further aggravated when we see that Sabah, in their state assembly, agreed to submit to the federal government a recommendation to claim back the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners according to the Malaysia Agreement 1963,” she said.
She said Adenan had made a “very serious U-turn” in deciding against moving the motion to claim back the state rights of Sarawakians at the Sarawak Assembly.
“The reason given by Adenan that he would personally negotiate with Najib regarding the process of devolution of power is very weak. The negotiations with Najib have been ongoing since Adenan took office two years ago. If negotiations can work, they would have worked already,” Voon said.
Voon said it would have been very easy for Najib to submit a bill to propose a motion to amend the Federal Constitution, or formally open talks with Sabah and Sarawak. But he has not done that.
Acknowledging that Adenan had done more for the state in terms of pushing for autonomy than all previous chief ministers combined, she, however, warned that voters would have little patience if there were no results.
Source : Richard T.W.@FMT Reporters Online