Before even talking about MA63 and Sarawak autonomy, SUPP and BN Sarawak should first apologise to the people of Sarawak for the erosion of the Sarawak’s rights over the past 53 years.

Before even talking about MA63 and Sarawak autonomy, SUPP and BN Sarawak should first apologise to the people of Sarawak for the erosion of the Sarawak’s rights over the past 53 years.
SUPP joined the National Alliance (predecessor of Barisan Nasional) in 1970 to be part of the Federal and State Government. Since then till this day, SUPP has representation in both the Federal and State cabinets. Yet it allowed and participated in the erosion of Sarawak’s rights for all these years.
In 1974, the Petroleum Development Act was passed, taking away Sarawak’s rights over oil and gas. This was done with the consent of the State Government which SUPP is a part.
In the 80s, the English medium school system was abolished and all English medium schools were converted to Bahasa Malaysia medium schools. Again this was done with the consent of the State Government.
In the 2000s, stamp duties payable for the transfer of landed property in Sarawak which was supposed to be paid to the State was paid to the Federal Government. This was done when SUPP has a Sarawak State Finance Minister.
In 2010s, the passing of the National Security Council Act which gives the Prime Minister and a handful high-post Federal Officers the absolute rights to declare any region as Security Area and to impose the likes of martial law in the said Security Area. This poses a threat to the autonomy movement in Sarawak.
All these were just few examples of the major erosion of Sarawak’s rights and in addition to these, there were the annual grossly unfair allocation of Development Expenditure for Sarawak which has taken place since the formation of Malaysia till this day.
ALL THESE were done with the Consent of the State Government which SUPP is a part of.
Therefore, to show its sincerity about wanting to fight for Sarawak’s rights, SUPP must first apologise to all Sarawakians for the wrong that SUPP has been an accomplice to in the past half century.
More importantly, SUPP has proven to be a party with leaders who in the past were prepared to sacrifice Sarawak’s rights for their ministerial posts in Barisan Nasional. What assurance the People of Sarawak can have that their present leaders are not the same breed as their predecessors?
The sell-out of Sarawak’s rights by SUPP and Sarawak BN in the past half-century was possible because there was no strong Opposition in Sarawak DUN and Parliament to represent Sarawak and thus the SUPP and BN leaders could do as they like without the People even knowing it.
Therefore, the biggest protection of Sarawak’s rights and the ordinary Sarawakian’s interest is to have a strong Opposition in the State and Parliament, failing which history will just repeat itself.
14-7-2016
Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching / ADUN for Kota Sentosa
DAP Sarawak Chairman

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