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KUCHING: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar spoke out of desperation and fear after seeing the sizeable turnout at the Pakatan Harapan Sarawak ceramah in Kuching last night.
This was the view expressed by Dr Kelvin Yii, special assistant to state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen.
“Wan Junaidi’s recent statement to dismiss the impact of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s weekend visit to Kuching is not only a sign of desperation by PBB and BN Sarawak, but a direct admission of the failure of PBB and BN Sarawak to safeguard the interest of Sarawak where they are only successful in protecting their own interests and those of their UMMO political masters.
“His statement also comes out of desperation and fear after seeing the sizeable turnout and support at the Pakatan Harapan ceramah in Kuching last night,” said Yii in a statement today.
Wan Junaidi who is Natural Resources and Environment Minister had remarked that Dr Mahathir’s weekend visit to Kuching has “no impact at all”.
“He (Dr Mahathir) only caused a negative impact to the opposition.
“When Mahathir was the prime minister, he gave nothing to Sarawak, he talked only,” Wan Junaidi was quoted as saying.
The Santubong MP also pointed out that PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was the same as the latter had promised to build 31 schools in Sarawak with half a billion ringgit but not a single sen was given to Sarawak.
To Yii, the statement made by Wan Junaidi was “an admission of guilt, and admission of failure towards the people of Sarawak”.
“He and all the BN leaders in Sarawak were elected by the people of Sarawak to protect their rights and interest, but instead they (Wan Junaidi and BN leaders) have kow-towed to the wishes of their political masters UMNO.
“The fact of the matter is, it is the silence of Sarawak BN in parliament that have caused us to lose out on our rights and interest.
“No one man alone can pass a law or make an amendment in parliament. It will require the majority of the House to agree to it and BN has the numbers to stop any erosion of our rights, but instead has chosen not to do so,” said Yii.
He questioned why only when Dr Mahathir and Anwar joined the opposition that Wan Junaidi started to shift the blame towards the duo.
“Wan Junaidi himself was elected into parliament during the time of Tun Mahathir, but yet chose to remain quiet and now had allegedly claimed that Tun Mahathir did nothing for the State.
“I am not in any way defending the things that Dr Mahathir has done before, but Wan Junaidi’s statement has proven how Sarawak BN leaders who are part of the government have chosen to conveniently shift the blame to one man, when it was them who allowed and agreed to the erosion of our State rights.”
Citing the Petroleum Development Act 1974, the Territorial Sea Act 2012 as well as the recent Tourism Tax Act 2017, he said these were all examples of how Parliament has been used to “rob” the Sarawakians of their rights.
“Pakatan Harapan has pledged to honour the rightful rights of the State and promised equitable governance for the whole federation. It is thus important for us to work towards a better and equitable future for our nation and for our children,” said Yii.