Hornbill Unleashed

July 20, 2017

Reveal progress of Sarawak’s push for autonomy, devolution of powers at 722 Sarawak Day — Rep

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg is urged to reveal the progress of Sarawak’s achievement in the push for autonomy and devolution of powers from Putrajaya, at the 722 Sarawak Day celebration this Saturday (July 22).

According to Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, who is state PKR vice chairman, Sarawakians are eagerly wanting to know how Sarawak has benefited from any success over the past one year, whether they have more control and jurisdiction over Sarawak’s natural resources, whether they have more administrative, legislative and fiscal power over the destiny of Sarawak, that the living standard of all Sarawakians has improved.

He said the 722 Sarawak Day should not be just another public holiday; it should be the most important day for Sarawak. However, he said its significance is measured by the realisation and success of Sarawak in exercising autonomous powers over matters in Sarawak, with Sarawakians benefitting in real terms.

“It is not true to say that we have made no progress over the past one year. We have, and I would rate the setting up of our Sarawak Ministry of Education (Science and Technological Research) as the most significant progress,” See told a press conference here yesterday.

There are 1,454 schools in Sarawak; 190 of them secondary schools and 1,264 primary schools. Out of these numbers, 70 per cent or 1,020 are categorised as ‘dilapidated and in need of immediate attention’ and 415 ‘in critically dilapidated condition’.

“These figures have been repeated so many times over the last few years that many Sarawakians have them at their finger tips.”

See said the federal government had made numerous promises over the years but little were delivered to improve the conditions of schools in Sarawak. As a result, the education of the children, especially in the rural areas of Sarawak, suffers.

“Our Minister of Education Dato Sri Michael Manyin is focused on resolving the problem of dilapidated schools and improving English proficiency amongst schools children, with the promise of the federal government to reimburse Sarawak the cost of rebuilding the dilapidated schools. This is a positive development.

“In the last one year, we have our setbacks too. Besides the stalling of the negotiations on devolution of powers and more autonomy for Sarawak, the federal government has taken a drastic step to usurp Sarawak and Sabah’s rights over tourism, asserting federal authority to impose tourism tax as a first step to defile our autonomous powers over the tourism sector.

“The federal government is also continuing to ignore Sarawak’s reference on the need to revoke or amend the Territorial Sea Act 2012 to maintain Sarawak’s territorial integrity and the lack of progress on Sarawak’s assertion for 20 per cent royalty and direct participation in the upstream and downstream petroleum development projects after the unfortunate demise of our former chief minister.”

He said it is therefore incumbent upon the Sarawak administration to give an account of the progress and setbacks of Sarawak’s quests for autonomous powers, rights and privileges as promised and pledged to Sarawak during the formation of the federation.

“Sarawak must show its strong political will to accomplish the aspiration of all Sarawakians, and take concerted efforts to regain our autonomous powers, rights and privileges.”

See’s personal assistant Jeffery Mok, PKR women national vice president Voon Shiak Ni and PKR Miri branch youth chief Steve Teo were also present at the press conference.

Source : The Borneo Post Online



1 Comment »

  1. UEC, English, 20% petroleum royalty passed in DUN during the time of Adenan Satem were shot down by Najib controlled Putrajaya. What progress? Zero! Abang Johari knew Sarawakians were getting fed up and the Dayaks realised they had been taken for a ride and cheated of their NCR lands, would be turning the table on UMNO Baru controlled BN. Whatever Abang Johari announced as a follow up on Adenan ‘s legacy were just wayang kulit as GE14 is approaching. Abang Johari and Fadillah Yusuf were both beholden to Najib . Abang Johari is fully dependent on Bustari Yusuf to pull federal fund for Sarawak in exchange for delivering more Parliament seats and containing the MA63 sentiments for Najib’s survival.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — July 20, 2017 @ 4:06 PM | Reply

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