KUCHING, Sept 25: Gabungan Anak Sarawak (Gasak) members aspire for the sovereignty status of Sarawak to be restored as it was intended to be, as founded 179 years ago.
Its protem president Bobby William affirmed his and his members’ commitment to serve the people and nation as they gathered to celebrate the 179th anniversary of the founding of Sarawak.
“On Sept 24, 1841, the kingdom of Sarawak was created and carved out of the Brunei sultanate with an agreement signed and sealed between an Englishman James Brooke and Pengeran Muda Hassim, uncle of the Sultan of Brunei.
“The agreement, written in Jawi, agreed to transfer the government of Sarawak of its dependencies, its revenues and all future responsibilities to James Brooke Esquire.
“From that date henceforth, James Brooke was to be the sole owner of Sarawak’s revenues and responsible for the public expenditure necessary for the good of Sarawak,” he said at a cake cutting ceremony commemorating the 179th anniversary of the founding of Sarawak.
With that, Bobby asserted that the agreement had also upheld James Brooke Esquire as the lawful Ruler of Sarawak, so all future actions of the Sarawak government could only be carried out with his consent in accordance with the terms of the agreement.—DayakDaily