SPEAKING to Chinese friends and relatives in Sarawak, there’s definitely been a change of tone in their feelings towards the ruling coalition of Barisan Nasional (BN).
Ever since Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem came into the office of Chief Minister in 2014, he’s really taken bold steps to ensure ALL Sarawakians are assured of their rights.
Besides making sure than members of the Dayak community no longer have to suffer the indignity of having to tick the box Lain-Lain on official forms, our Chief Minister has also made it a point to include our Chinese brothers and sisters in his policies.
As with the insulting term Lain-Lain, Adenan has declared his aversion to the use of the word Pendatang when referring to the Chinese.
“I don’t like to follow some of those in Peninsular Malaysia calling them pendatang. They have been here for generations. If you notice in Malaysia there are Chinese graves all over the place. Don’t tell me these people died yesterday,” he said in true Adenan style.
“Why call them pendatang? They are not from Bangladesh or Myanmar. They (Chinese) regard this as their home. They will go to China to visit their long lost relatives. After that they go home. This is their home.”
Sarawak is definitely their home. Many of us have Chinese relatives somewhere in our family tree. Of course we have Chinese friends and neighbours. Our favourite kopitiam is likely to be run by a Chinese businessman. Many of us from the Bumiputera community have attended Chinese-medium schools or have enrolled our children in one.
The community plays such an integral part in our Great State. It is only right to recognise their important role because we are ALL Sarawakians.
I’m definitely proud to say that I am on Team Adenan. All Sarawakians have every reason to be.
The story from Bernama:
Adenan expects many Chinese voters to return to BN
KUCHING: The Barisan Nasional is confident of winning back considerable support from the Chinese in the coming Sarawak state election, said Chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
He believed the “wind of change” was coming due to a slew of policies he had implemented since he took over from Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud in 2014.
“There is a change, a shift back (of support)to BN,” he said in an interview with Bernama at his office here today.
He was asked on the voting trend of the Chinese in Sarawak and what he expects in the state election.
“There have been (a change), I notice, because of my policies regarding the Chinese – one, they are not pendatang (immigrants), recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate, admission of Chinese graduates into the state civil service and Sarawak Foundation and so on.
“I think they are quiet acceptable and I believe there is a change of mind on their part but whether it is enough or not, I don’t know, but definitely there is a shift back to BN,” he said.
As for problems in the allocation of seats among BN component parties, he said his approach was through persuasion for them to accept the decision he would make rather than to issue warnings.
He acknowledged that the existence of two Chinese-based parties, SUPP and the UPP, on the BN side could be a problem.
“Now if there is a shift back to BN, they (the Chinese) have to decide which party to vote for, UPP or SUPP, and that will result in dividing them. So the best way is to have a direct BN candidate,” he added.
Asked whether the BN component parties agreed to the suggestion for direct candidates, he said some had agreed reluctantly, but they all accepted the rationale for it.
On whether the Sarawak government had done enough for the Chinese, he said it was up to them (Chinese) to decide because he had done the best for them.
“Why call them pendatang? They are not from Bangladesh or Myanmar. They (Chinese) regard this as their home. They will go to China to visit their long lost relatives. After that they go home. This is their home,” he said.