SINCE taking office as Chief Minister in March 2014, Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem has really achieved a lot.
Interestingly enough, during the Lan Berambeh Anak Sarawak dinner attended by thousands of Sarawakians living and studying in the Peninsula recently, leaflets entitled ’45 Principles & Actions’ were distributed.
They listed just that, the 45 principles and actions Adenan has implemented in the last 19 months since becoming Chief Minister of our great State.
It was divided into the following sections: Anak Sarawak, Free or Reduce Fee, Government Promises to Chinese Independent Schools, Petronas Commitments, Rural Transformation, No non-Sarawak Political Party, State Government’s Stands/Policies, Forest Management & Enforcement, Sarawak Harmony, Technical Education, Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak’, Teachers in Sarawak and Sarawak Land.
For Anak Sarawak, the principles and actions were:
- Bumiputeras in the state should not be classified as ‘Lain-lain’
- Chinese are not pendatang
- Putrajaya should formulate policies bearing in mind that not all Bumiputeras are Malay or Muslim
- Deporting illegal immigrants.
Under Free or Reduce Fee were:
- Reducing the electricity tariff based on consumption units
- Ferry services statewide reduced to RM1
- Abolishment of tolls for Lanang and Baram Bridges
- No GST on municipal council services.
Promises to Chinese schools:
- Chinese independent schools received RM3 million in 2014, RM4 million in 2015 and this will increase to RM5 million next year
- Recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) for Yayasan Sarawak loans or scholarship; and entry to the state civil service.
- Contracts worth RM2.1 billion for Sarawak companies annually
- Increase of Petronas corporate social responsibility, baseline of RM10 million annually
- Petronas education assistance/technical school at a value of RM420 million for five years.
- Creation of Serian Division and nine new districts – Tebedu, Subis, Beluru, Telang Usan, Sebauh, Bukit Mabong, Tanjung Manis, Pusa and Kabong, along with six new sub-districts – Siburan, Bario, Tinjar, Long Bedian, Mulu and Ng Budu
- Extra RM500 million for rural development to bridge the gap between urban and rural areas.
No non-Sarawak Political Party
- No to Peninsula-based parties in Sarawak
- Umno agrees to stay out of Sarawak
State Government’s Stands/Policies:
- More autonomy in line with the devolution of power to the State
- Talks on oil royalty on-going
- Talks and negotiations of empowerment for state government, in accordance with terms in the Malaysia Agreement
- English to be the medium for non-national schools still under negotiation and English correspondence for the State government together with Bahasa Malaysia
- Moratorium on Baram Dam
- International scholars and naturalists welcome to do research in Sarawak’s national parks
- Collaborations with NGOs encouraged
- Give State government more time to continue governing the state with the good work so far
- Alibaba fishing licences cancelled and reviewed
- All recipients under welfare assistance programme will get extra RM50 monthly
Forest Management & Enforcement
- No more timber and plantation licences issued
- Half Occupation Ticket licences cancelled or not renewed
- Over 30 sawmills with illegal logs closed
- 10 per cent of land forest will be national parks
- Sarawak has no tolerance for racists
- Non-Muslims are free to practise their religions
- The word ‘Allah’ can be used by anyone, anytime provided it is done with respect
- No restriction on Bahasa Melayu Bible in Sarawak
- No Hudud
- Bigots and extremists are not welcome
- Sarawak is a big state and enough for everybody to live together peacefully
- Priority given to technical education
Pan Borneo Highway Sarawak
- From Telok Melano to Merapok totalling 1,089km to be upgraded from two-lane to four-lane highway with modern bridges, proper rest and service areas, designated lay-bys, more comfortable journey and shorter travel times.
Teachers in Sarawak
- Ratio of nine local teachers to one from outside Sarawak under initiative 90:10 by 2018.
- To increase communal land for the purpose of improving the livelihood and welfare of the people
- Continuous recognition of Native Customary Rights land and undertaking perimeter and individual surveys to bring the land onto the register and opening up opportunities for the natives to develop their land commercially.
- Recent amendment to Section 5(5A) of the Sarawak Land Code to enable Sarawak Bumiputeras to acquire NCR land outside of their own community to enhance opportunities to develop NCR land
- Reinstating perpetuity terms to subdivided plots from parent title that carry a similar term (in perpetuity), to prevent landowners from feeling worried and deprived.