By DR KELVIN YII
COMMENT: The Sarawak Barisan Nasional seems to have a skewed logic that the people of Sarawak should strengthen BN in Putrajaya so that we can somehow better stand up to Putrajaya.
The fact of the matter is every vote for the Sarawak BN strengthens and empowers the position of UMNO-BN in Putrajaya, which has over the years side-lined us as a State as well as downgraded our rightful status as equal partners in the Federation.
In response to the recent statement by Nancy Shukri, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, that ‘BN must win big in Sarawak to influence federal government’, I would like to reiterate that it makes no sense for the need to strengthen UMNO-BN, and only then make our demands known.
Why strengthen the party that we want to stand up and demand from? Why are we shying away from our “King-maker status” when we are in a position to demand what is rightfully ours now when PM Najib Razak and the federal BN is at their weakest?
This clearly shows the insincerity of the BN government to give us back our rights, as well as the subordination of all the other component parties to UMNO. They are just using this as a ruse to appeal for votes in an attempt to deflect from the years of mismanagement of bad governance of the BN government.
Thus, the call to ‘strengthen Putrajaya so we can stand up to Putrajaya’ makes no sense and is a skewed logic by BN Sarawak.
Whether it is Stampin, Bandar Kuching or any parliamentary seat in the State, it is important we, regardless of race, remember the bigger issue at hand which is the need to save Malaysia from being known as a ‘global kleptocracy’ and ensure that Malaysia fulfils our early promise to become a vibrant democracy and a model to the world as a united, harmonious, just, progressive and prosperous nation where the diversities of race, religion, language and culture are national assets and strengths and not national liabilities and weaknesses.
I thus want to reiterate our pledge that a Pakatan-led Putrajaya will give full autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak in line with the Malaysia Agreement 1963, as well as pay out 20 percent in oil royalty from Sabah and Sarawak’s respective oil revenue as well as return 50 percent of all taxes collected, including from the GST, to the two states coffers.
- Dr Kelvin Yii is Special Assistant to Chong Chieng Jen, MP for Kuching