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By Lian Cheng
KUCHING, Jan 13: Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong questioned the whereabouts of state opposition representatives when Sarawak faced Petronas in court today over the latter’s non-payment of the five per cent State Sales Tax.
He said many Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) elected representatives turned up to support Sarawak in the high-profile case but there was none from State Pakatan Harapan including Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and Democratic Action Party (DAP).
“I have engagements in my constituency but I cancelled them so that I can be here to protect Sarawak’s rights and to look after our grandchildren and great grandchildren’s rights in times to come.
“We protect our rights and our wealth, just as the saying that goes “biar putih tulang” (as long as I live), as an Iban leader, ‘agi idup agi ngelaban’ (as long as I live, I fight).
“We see how many elected representatives from GPS have turned up. Look at the opposition, where are they?
“Where is DAP? Where is PKR? Where is PH? And today, we know who are real ‘Anak Sarawak’ (children of Sarawak). We know only ‘Anak Sarawak’ know how to take care of Sarawak.
“Just like Tok Nan (Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) said before, we must look after Sarawak’s rights’ properly. This is Tok Nan’s message to us,” Ugak told members of the press.
Today, there were three applications in session in at the Kuching Court Complex in relation to the move by the Sarawak government to sue Petronas over unpaid five per cent State Sales Tax.
The three applications included Petronas’ application for the recusal of the presiding judicial commissioner, Petronas’ application for the case to be referred to the Federal Court and also the Sarawak government’s application for disposal of the case based on pointes of law (summary hearing). — DayakDaily