KUCHING, Sept 3: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Women chief Dato Sri Doris Brodie is saddened that the ruling “Malayan-based parties” are not only robbing Sarawak of its oil and gas resources but were now trying to hold Sarawak to ransom.
“I am very sad to note that all these leaders of Malayan-based parties are birds of the same feather. They have little or none of Sarawak’s interest at heart.
“They have robbed us of our oil and gas resources but still have the cheek to put us under political ransom,” said Doris in a statement today.
She, however, observed that most Sarawakians had awakened and could make their own judgement now.
“We may have been naive and ignorant in the past, but we are alert and awakened now. We are definitely not stupid or lazy, so enough of taking us for granted. We can tell when someone is honest and sincere,” said Doris as a matter-of-factly.
She was commenting on Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-president Rafizi Ramli’s call on Sarawakians yesterday to bring Pakatan Harapan (PH) to power in the next state polls in order to ease the path to reclaim the state’s rights from the federal government.
The former Dewan Negara deputy president stressed that for PKR to win the hearts of Sarawakians, there must be sincerity and honesty.
“If you and your party want to win our hearts, you mustn’t politicise our rights. Show us sincerity and honesty and back us up by telling your PH leadership to recognise and honour the MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963) and give us back what is duly ours now.
“Do not put us to political ransom or impose a condition that till (Datuk Seri) Anwar Ibrahim becomes the 8th PM of Malaysia only then the rights of Sarawak can be returned to her. We are tired of this rhetoric and empty promises,” she stressed.
As a seasoned politician, Doris said Rafizi should have known this but, unfortunately, like the rest, “he is no different”.
She stated that there was nothing more to negotiate as the MA63 in its original form must be honoured and respected by Putrajaya.
“What makes you think that you and PH are more Sarawakian at heart than Sarawakians and Sarawak-based parties themselves?” she asked.
The political secretary to the Chief Minister also pointed out that PKR, being part of PH, was among those who had failed to fulfil their manifesto after winning the 14th general election on May 9.
“The first 100 days have passed and all we see and feel are that the prices of goods are inflated, people losing their jobs, Malaysia’s economy sliding, the government begging the rakyat to contribute to Tabung Harapan, the Council of Eminent Persons are more powerful than ministers although their appointments are non-constitutional, the flip flopping views made by the federal leaders over many issues, and others,” she said.
The blame game drummed up by PH since taking over Putrajaya had also put the rakyat under “much stress and duress”, Doris added.
“Till and unless PKR put their house in order, likewise within PH, do not dream too far. The year 2021 is still a long way to go,” said Doris. — DayakDaily