Finger-pointing game is irrelevant and pointless, PBK tells DAP

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KUCHING, Feb 5: PBK wants Sarawak DAP to stop finger-pointing, provide political solutions and fulfill the latter’s own election manifesto.

According to Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) political affairs director of Kuching and Kota Samarahan Raymond Thong, finger-pointing is irrelevant and pointless.

“The finger-pointing game concerning the passing of Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA 1974), Territorial Seas Act 2012 (TSA 2012) and the signing away of oil and gas rights to the federal government by the Democratic Action Party (DAP) through the Special Assistant to YB Chong Chieng Jen (Abdul Aziz Isa) without a political solution to problems that arise from these show DAP is a party that is not capable of bringing much benefit and progress to Sarawak.

“There is no point at (playing the) finger-pointing game without a solution by politicians. The pointing of fingers at others is simply irrelevant.

“Before pointing fingers at others, Sarawak DAP needs first examine the wrong it has done. Can Sarawak DAP tell Sarawakians where is the 20 per cent oil and gas royalties for Sarawak? Again where is the 50 per cent return of all revenues collected from Sarawak by the federal government as promised by DAP?

“Politicians are like doctors and their job is to to diagnose a political problem and find solutions to solve the problem,” Thong asserted in a press statement in response to Abdul Aziz’s statement which pointed out that it was Gabungan Parti Sarawak (then Sarawak Barisan Nasional) leaders who agreed to PDA 1974 and TSA 2012.

Thong maintained that DAP should realise that in 1974 and 2012, there was unequal voting rights in Parliament.

“The combined votes of all Members of Parliament (MPs) from Sabah and Sarawak could not defeat the votes from Malaya. Therefore even being opposed by MPs from Sabah and Sarawak, PDA 1974 and TSA 2012 would still be passed as law by Parliament. Therefore, DAP was also partly responsible for the loss of oil and gas (rights) of Sabah and Sarawak.

“DAP should apologise to the people of Sabah and Sarawak for these.”

He claimed that DAP’s ‘incompetence’ in safeguarding the interest of Sabah and Sarawak meant the two Borneo states are now losing hundreds of millions of ringgit in revenue every day from these oil and gas resources.

“To solve all problems faced by Sabah and Sarawak, what DAP should now do is to inform Parliament that the transfer of Sabah and Sarawak in 1963 from Great Britain to Malaya was unlawful and Sabah and Sarawak should be left free from Malaysia.

“DAP should also have the courage to inform the Prime Minister and Parliament that Malaysia Agreement 1963 is void under international law and Malaysia should not exist in the first place,” Thong opined, adding that he predicted DAP would not do that.

He also urged DAP to remind the Prime Minister of a recent letter from PBK which was sent to the Prime Minister concerning the legality of the formation of Malaysia and political and economic suppression against the people of Sarawak.

“PBK has voiced its concern that people could easily be misled by irresponsible politicians. PBK has time and again said that to solve all these problems, it is in the interest of Sarawak and Sarawakians that Sarawak has to find ways to exit from Malaysia,” Thong emphasised. — DayakDaily