KUCHING, August 17: The federal government should come out in the open and tell Sarawak whether what they had pledged to do for the state in their manifesto were achievable, especially those concerning the state’s rights.
By being frank, the state would then be able to plan its development accordingly, especially those concerning youths in the state, said Fazzruddin Abdul Rahman, the deputy Youth chief of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB).
Presently, the state is confused because there had been conflicting statements from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, federal ministers and MPs from Sarawak Pakatan Harapan, he lamented to reporters at Wisma Sultan Tengah here today.
“In the State Legislative Assembly (DUN), we (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) have unanimously agreed to pursue state’s rights and we have forwarded it to Putrajaya. Unfortunately, we have been getting different responses from the prime minister, from the (federal) ministers and MPs.
“Now that we have reached 100 days since PH took over the federal government, we (state government) just want a straight and precise response, like if they cannot fulfill Sarawak’s rights immediately, then what are they (PH) going to do about it next? We want to know so that we can plan what would be next in terms of Sarawak development,” said Fazzruddin.
He explained he was making this plea “for the benefit of Sarawak” and to enable the state and federal governments to “work closely together”.
Fazzruddin said Sarawak was eager to reclaim its rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 so that it could generate more funds for development projects, including for youth activities. — DayakDaily