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Adenan steps up push for Sarawak’s autonomy

CHIEF Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem will meet with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Wednesday.

The meeting is to settle arrangements for the devolution of power to Sarawak, to ensure that our great State regains autonomy.

“It will take some time and negotiations will be difficult but we will achieve it. Give me time so that we can achieve what we set up,” he said.

Adenan also pledged to get more money for our great State from our oil royalties and other resources.

“Five per cent is not enough … that’s ‘taik manuk’ (chicken dung),” he said during the Sejiwa Senada event in Sibu to over 30,000 attendees over the weekend.

Petronas has so far agreed to allocate at least RM2.1 billion worth of contracts to Sarawak companies.

Our CM also highlighted how we Sarawakians want to play active and important roles in the oil and gas industry, and not just be bystanders.

This is definitely the crux of how we Sarawakians feel.

We don’t want to be bystanders when it comes to determining our futures.

And why should we be? We have every right to decide how we want to live in our great State.

Our CM added that there would be many things to be done and the State would name more areas of power we wish to reclaim.

That is why he is asking us Sarawakians for five more years to complete the job.

“If given a strong mandate, I could stand up to Putrajaya to give us what we want. But if given a weak mandate, it would be difficult for me to do so,” he explained.

“If Sarawak wants to get back all powers that we once had, then you know what to do. The choice is very simple. I will depend on your wisdom.”

Let’s make sure we give him that mandate Sarawak.

The report from The Borneo Post:

Stepping up push for autonomy

By Conny Banji

Adenan to meet with Prime Minister on Wednesday to settle devolution of power to Sarawak

SIBU: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem will meet with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Wednesday (Jan 20) to settle arrangements for the devolution of power to the state.

When officiating at the Sejiwa Senada programme here yesterday, Adenan said Sarawak wanted to regain autonomy.

“It will take some time and negotiations will be difficult but we will achieve it. Give me time so that we can achieve what we set up. I am also trying to get more money for Sarawak from our oil royalties and other resources.

“Five per cent is not enough … that’s ‘taik manuk’ (chicken dung),” he said to an over 30,000-strong crowd.

Adenan said the federal government had already agreed not to issue deep-sea fishing licences without the consent of the state government.

Putrajaya had also agreed that in three years’ time, 90 per cent of teachers serving in the state would be Sarawakians, while Petronas had agreed to allocate at least RM2.1 billion worth of contracts to Sarawak companies, he said.

Adenan pointed out that Sarawakians wanted to participate and play important roles in the oil and gas industry, and not just be bystanders. He said there would be many things to be done and the state would name more areas of power it wished to reclaim.

He reiterated that two years had not been enough for him to complete his plans to strengthen the state.

“That is why I am asking for five more years. If given a strong mandate, I could stand up to Putrajaya to give us what we want. But if given a weak mandate, it would be difficult for me to do so.

“If Sarawak wants to get back all powers that we once had, then you know what to do. The choice is very simple. I will depend on your wisdom,” he stressed.

Adenan also explained the 50 initiatives he had implemented in less than two years after becoming chief minister to improve the standard of living in Sarawak including the abolishment of tolls, standardisation of ferry services at RM1 throughout the state, reduction of power tariffs and the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) to narrow the gap between rural and urban areas.

He also highlighted the issuance of land titles to give recognition to Native Customary Rights land; emphasis on technical and vocational education; construction of the 1,089km Pan Borneo Highway, which will be toll free; use of English as second official language of the state; campaign against illegal logging and his decision to stop new timber concessions and commercial plantation licenses.

During the function, Adenan presented appointment letters to 53 community leaders and ketua kaum from Selangau and Kanowit, as well as handed over Petronas contributions to nine local charitable bodies.

Among those present were Adenan’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, Housing Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, Second Resource Planning and Environment Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh, Minister of Infrastructure Development and Communication Dato Sri Michael Manyin, State Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Joseph Entulu Belaun, Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusuf, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohd Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Deputy State Secretary Datu Misnu Taha.

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