IT has indeed been disappointing to witness the opposition’s statements against our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem’s efforts to seek greater autonomy for our great State.
They have done little but pooh-pooh Sarawak’s move to regain power related to prosecution for criminal offences under state laws, matters relating to finance, shipping, public works, environment, sports, shipping, education, health, welfare, tourism, fisheries, heritage and housing.
Adenan has only been CM since 2014 and yet he has already achieved so much to defend our Sarawakian way of life. Negotiations for autonomy are real and concrete.
DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen has been opposition leader since 2013, what has he achieved besides talk, criticise and point?
As Sarawakians you would think the opposition would be all out to support what is good for our great State and our people.
It does make one wonder whether the opposition are at all sincere about wanting Sarawak to be more autonomous.
If they did, shouldn’t they take all the necessary action to help the State with efforts towards achieving the devolution of power?
Instead they have done nothing but criticise and work to bring down our CM’s efforts.
Well I suppose it should have been clear that they were never sincere about supporting efforts for autonomy in the first place.
After all, they are really Malaya-based parties dressed up to look Sarawakian. They can’t even decide on candidates to field in the state election autonomously – not until they were given permission to do so by Umno turncoat Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.
So why would they want our great State to have autonomy?
Our Chief Minister has also questioned the opposition’s sincerity about wanting our great State to have greater powers.
“Do you want us (the State government) to fail? It gives the impression you want us to fail,” Adenan said of their stance.
“Don’t pour cold water over what the State has achieved thus far because if they (the opposition) do, the people might read it differently.”
Negotiations to gain greater autonomy for Sarawak are not something to take lightly.
We need to unite to continue to defend our Sarawakian way of life.
Let’s ensure we work to do so and fight those who oppose Sarawakian rights.
The report from The Malaysian Insider:
Don’t pour cold water on Sarawak autonomy talk, Adenan tells opposition
By Desmond Davidson
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has accused the state opposition of wanting the ongoing autonomy and devolution of power talks between the state and Putrajaya to fail by continually “pouring cold water” on the deal.
“Do you want us (the state government) to fail? Its gives the impression you want us to fail,” Adenan said of the opposition’s attempt to cash in political points in an election year by frequently painting the slow progress of the talks to his failure to wring concessions from the federal government.
As he prepared to head to Putrajaya tomorrow to seal more deals in another round of talks, Adenan conceded result on some issues, particularly those pertaining on regaining the state’s full autonomy as spelled out in the Malaysia Agreement, as slow because they were “very complex”.
He, however, said quite a number of concessions had already been achieved, particularly under the so-called “devolution of powers” – the federal government giving up administrative powers that duplicates the state’s.
“The issues are very complex and (they) take some time to obtain result,” he said when speaking to reporters after launching Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) vice-president Datuk Lily Yong’s autobiography “Anak Kampong”.
However, he has given himself five years to wrap up the talks and regain the lost autonomy.
Adenan said some of the concessions achieved, include getting Putrajaya to consult the state in the issuance of deep sea fishing licences, to have 90% of teachers in the state Sarawakians within two years and consulting the state prior to drawing up any new laws that would affect the state.
The issues of regaining autonomy over education, medical, hike in oil and gas royalty payment from 5% to 20% and the dispute on the Territorial Sea Act 2012, would take time, Adenan said, as they were more complex.
He said in taking education back for example, required the question of funding to be sorted out.
“Where are we going to get the funds for education?”
Adenan had stated the state wass demanding full autonomy on education because he was fed up with Putrajaya’s flip-flop policy on it particularly in the use and teaching of English and public examinations.
PKR Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How raised the issue of the Territorial Sea Act 2012 at the budget sitting of the assembly in December saying the law had violated the state’s right under the Malaysia Agreement.
See said the state government must preserve and uphold the territorial integrity of Sarawak by telling the federal government that the law be amended and/or re-enacted so it was not applicable to Sarawak. – January 19, 2016.
Don’t pour cold water on govt efforts, Adenan tells opposition
By Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith
KUCHING: Opposition parties have been advised against pouring cold water on the state government’s effort to seek greater autonomy.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said this would create public perception that the opposition wants his administration to fail in its discussion with Putrajaya.
He added that the opposition shouldn’t portray themselves as wanting the state to fail in its discussion over the devolution of power. Otherwise, the public would come to a conclusion that they never wanted the extra power for Sarawak and that the people are the ones who would lose out in the end if the discussion did not succeed.
Adenan disclosed that the federal government had voiced its agreement in principal on some matters in relation to the devolution of power back to the state.
He admitted there were some complex issues which would take time to attain results, especially if it involves the constitution. These matters will be discussed further with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“Don’t pour cold water over what the state has achieved thus far because if they (the opposition) do, the people might read it differently,” he told a press conference after officiating at the launch of former Padungan assemblywoman Datuk Lily Yong’s autobiography titled ‘Anak Kampong’ at Hilton Hotel here yesterday.
Among those present were state Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi and former deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Jamil Johari.
When asked on what type of empowerment the state is seeking from its federal counterpart, Adenan said the matter was confidential for now.
He promised the public will be updated on the progress the state has made and reminded the people not to expect the matter to be resolved soon.
“When you take over power, you must have financial backing. When you take such responsibility, we have to consider where we are going to acquire the funds,” Adenan replied when asked if education and health matters were among the matters of autonomy the state is currently seeking.