Hornbill Unleashed

August 7, 2017

PKR women’s chief granted entry, hopes more opposition members allowed into state

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

Thankful for being not barred from entering Sarawak, Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin hopes that the state government will allow more opposition leaders from Peninsular Malaysia to enter the state.

Besides Zuraida, other PKR leaders who were allowed to enter Sarawak on Saturday were its vice-president and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar. Both leaders were previously among a number of opposition leaders from the peninsula who were barred from entering the state.

“I hope the state government will be more democratic this time around and allow (those) from the (Peninsular Malaysia) opposition parties to have free entry into Sarawak to undertake our legitimate political activities. I believe that we also can bring in some valuable changes to Sarawak,” she told a press conference here yesterday.

Zuraida stressed that the PKR central leadership fully supports Sarawak’s autonomy.

“We believe that the only way and the fastest way for Sarawakians to get back their autonomy is to support Pakatan Harapan (PH). There is no way that the BN (Barisan Nasional) government, after 50 years (of ruling the country) will give (back Sarawak’s autonomy). If they wanted to give back, they would have given back earlier.”

In view of this, Zuraida was hopeful that Sarawakians would dare to make a change by voting for PH in the coming general election.

“With the current political situation where there are leaders who were formerly from BN – the ex-prime minister (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) is there, ex-deputy prime minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) is there and the ex-menteri besar (Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir) is there – together with us, I think we should be stronger in this sense and then to pull the boat.

“And we hope there will be a few more parliamentary seats in Sarawak that can contribute to our success to take over Putrajaya (in the coming general election.”

Zuraida added that for Sarawak, the party will focus on several seats and will be working very hard to ensure that their candidates will win.

State PKR chairman Baru Bian, meanwhile, echoed the same appreciation for the gesture by the state government in allowing Zuraida and Nurul Izzah to enter the state.

He said these leaders were genuinely coming to Sarawak to assist in the political struggle here and were not racists, extremists or bigots.

In confirming a point made by Zuraida that Sarawak and Sabah are fighting for their autonomous rights, Baru said the vision can only be realised by voting for PH in the coming general election.

“It is very clear and consistent too that it has been incorporated in our manifesto since 2013 (13th General Election) and you all know too we have the Kuching Declaration confirming the agreement of the terms of condition of the Malaysia Agreement.

“These are things that Sarawakians and Sabahans are very concerned with. Please, don’t say that we’ll be the same as BN. No, you have not given us the opportunity to rule and the manifesto is a political promise that we have for the people of Sarawak and Sabah. In fact, it has been proven in Selangor and Penang that whatever that had been promised had been fulfilled.”

On the Sarawak and Sabah manifesto for the coming General Election, Baru said a special committee has been formed and that the public would be informed once it is completed.

Meanwhile, Zuraida invited all women activist groups, organisations, female elected representatives and women from all political parties in Sarawak, to attend a forum on Aug 17 in Selangor to promote more participation of female representatives in state legislative assemblies nationwide.

“There is an allocation where we want to introduce women-only assigned seats. The states have to look into this seriously because the federal government has failed in terms raising up more female participation at ministerial level and Members of Parliament level. BN states failed to do that but in Selangor, we have achieved our 30 per cent female representatives.

“We want the participants to advocate in their states for more women’s participation for the coming election, and for the state government to look into introducing a policy of women-only assigned seats.”

Source : The Borneo Post Online




  1. Sarawak must be seen to be taking the first step in political reforms and practise good governance. Only then can we strengthen our resolve as an equal nation to demand full compliance of MA63 regardless which coalition governs Putrajaya.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — August 8, 2017 @ 6:31 PM | Reply

  2. A very BIG thank you to YAB Ketua Menteri Sarawak

    Comment by tigeryka — August 7, 2017 @ 4:50 PM | Reply

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