Aspirasi candidate: Sarawak will be ‘harvested like spring onions’ if it remains in Federation

Alex Leong Shaow Tung

KUCHING, Dec 8: Unless liberated from the Federation of Malaysia, Sarawak will continue to be “harvested like spring onions and become fish for slaughter by Malaya” with a faint voice of less than 10 per cent.

Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) candidate for N11 Batu Lintang Alex Leong Shaow Tung highlighted this in disagreeing with incumbent See Chee How from Parti Sarawak Bersatu’s (PSB) views over Aspirasi and Parti Bumi Kenyalang’s (PBK) missions for Sarawak’s autonomy and later independence without clear policy, direction and timeline.

Leong said there was also no timeframe for PSB and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to fight for Sarawak’s autonomy, while the Federal government can drag the matter for tens of years and “continue to harvest Sarawak like spring onions”.

“So what can you do? Parties who want to and support remaining in Malaysia can dream on while waiting for them to get back the autonomous rights and get played by the Federal government.

“Their ideals which are also without timeframe and unachievable is the greatest failure of political parties that remain in Malaysia,” he said in a statement today.

He emphasised that the fate of Sarawak is not only an issue about the ruling government but the entire system which is too backward and outdated as well as being marred with obstacles from being tied to the Federal government.

“After 58 years since Sarawak formed Malaysia, Sarawak needs to manage the country in an innovative way to keep up with the times. That’s the main factor why Sarawak has remained as it is for 58 years.

“If it remains in the Federation, Sarawak will have a minimal voice of less than 10 per cent and will always become a fish to be slaughtered by Malaya.

“After 509 (14th General Election), Sarawakians have realised that the problem with Sarawak is not the political parties but the Federal system. No matter who governs at the Federal level, Malaya will continue to reap from Sarawak like harvesting spring onions, and still be grateful to the Malaya master for such little blessings,” he added. — DayakDaily