Dr Sim: Sarawakians must be on high alert against ‘termites’ and ‘enemies from within’

Dr Sim delivering his ministerial winding-up speech at the DUS sitting on May 14, 2024.

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, May 14: Public Health, Housing and Local Government Minister Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian has called on Sarawakians to be on guard against “termites” and “enemies from within”.

Dr Sim, who is also Sarawak United Peoples’ Party president, held that Sarawakians must stay united to allow fast development to be continued in Sarawak.


He expressed regrets that there were lawmakers in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUS) who branded the Sarawak government’s efforts to regain lost rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) as “regionalism” and claimed that it “is a form of discrimination”.

“Sadly some members of our august House called the aforementioned aspiration as regionalism which they claim to be a form of discrimination.

“But luckily, their boss, YAB Anwar Ibrahim has agreed in principle for MA63 to be implemented as he called it ‘adil or fair’ to the people of Sarawak and Sabah.

“We are grateful for YAB Anwar’s stance. As Sarawak undergoes exponential progress towards 2030, there will be many mata merah (envious) people in Malaysia.

“Sarawakian needs to remain united and stand in solidaity together for these few critical years till 2030.

“We must be on high alert for anai anai (termites) from both within and outside Sarawak, including being aware of musuh dalam selimut (enemies from within) inside GPS,” said Dr Sim when delivering his ministerial winding-up speech at the DUS sitting here today.

To him, after 60 years since Malaysia’s formation, the opportunity for the era of Sarawak’s nation building was finally here.

He held that Sarawakians would like to see the unity government being sincere and meaningful in the implementation of religious autonomy, health autonomy, education autonomy, one-third Member of Parliament from Sabah & Sarawak, greater share of financial taxation from Sarawak under 112 (D) and all other outstanding issues listed under MA63 and the Inter-Governmental Committee report.  — DayakDaily