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KUCHING, Nov 26: Sarawak is the last frontier in Malaysia which must not be influenced by political polarisation in Peninsular Malaysia, says Deputy Premier of Sarawak Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
He was referring to the 15th General Election (GE15) ending with a hung parliament where no single coalition could secure a simple majority to form the federal government.
“We need to tell our children and friends who are not living in Sarawak, about the issues that (they) faced in West Malaysia; ‘I can’t help you’ (sic).
“We (Sarawak) must be lucky in this (GE15) election. But the next election, I can tell you, we will not be so lucky. The polarisation will still be there.
“So why the need to tell all these? Firstly, Sarawak is the last frontier in Malaysia to look after Sarawak (itself). I am sorry. I love Sarawak more. Even though I am Malaysian, I am also a Sarawakian.
“I am sorry, but if the last frontier (Sarawak) we don’t look after, we (Sarawak) will be like West Malaysia,” he said when officiating at the Deepavali Open House 2022 at Hare Krishna Multipurpose Hall in Batu Kawa here last night.
Dr Sim, who is also Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president and Batu Kawah assemblyman, further said that the next five years would be the “last chance for Sarawak”.
“I need the younger people and those not living here to understand the issue; that we need to preserve the last frontier.
“So at least when they retire, Sarawak will not have the same issue as West Malaysia. At least you can come home and don’t need to face (similar) issues in West Malaysia,” he added.
The Deepavali Open House was organised by the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor) and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) Sarawak. — DayakDaily