All Sarawakians must stand united to defend state — Bukit Semuja rep

The Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex in Kuching.

By Wilfred Pilo

KUCHING, May 6: ‘Why cry over spilt milk’ is the best way to describe what Sarawak is facing now, the state legislature (DUN) heard today.

John Illus (GPS-Bukit Semuja) said history had taught the state its weaknesses, deficiencies and constraints, but it was now time to move forward.

“In this new political era in Malaysia, we must open up with a new lease of life and move a step forward so that we lift ourselves up and re-engineer our destiny again.

“Give Sarawak priority or make ‘Sarawak First’ as our words of wisdom in order to show to the people that we all have to work together and rub shoulders in this august House in a comprehensive manner, especially towards amending the Federal Constitution,” he said when debating the TYT’s address in the DUN today.

John also urged all Sarawakians to stand united in order to prevent the state from falling into the hands of “outsiders”.

“If not, we will always have to obey their needs, which in the long run will be bad for us,” he cautioned.

He added that Sarawakians were now worried by what the federal government was doing to the state.

“There is no need for me to elaborate and touch upon issues like education, physical development and health, but recent signs showed that they are testing and putting pressure to the Sarawak government to succumb to them,” he opined.

He pointed out, for instance, that an MP from Kedah had complained about the use of a passport to enter Sarawak. John believed the remark is meant to get the state’s immigration autonomy abolished.

“I urge our fellow elected representatives from Sarawak, who are in the Pakatan Harapan coalition government, to play their role as Sarawakians,” he said. — DayakDaily