By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, July 17: Political observer Datuk Peter Minos supported Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s fight to restore the allocation of one-third representation for East Malaysia in the Parliament.
He believed it is high time for Sarawak to reclaim back what the state deserved in the past.
“(It is) high time for Sarawak to be respected and given dignity.
“It is never too late to sort things out, review and rearrange matters.
“As the federal government is now under the Perikatan Nasional (PN), they are expected to remain friendly and treat Sarawak and its people fairly,” he said in a statement.
Minos who is also Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) chairman opined that with PN in power, Sarawak will have a higher chance to restore its rights and interests besides getting more money from national oil corporation Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas).
Meanwhile, Abang Johari in an interview with Astro Awani yesterday said Sarawak will continue to fight for its right in restoring the allocation of one-third representation for East Malaysia in the Parliament.
He said it is imperative for the state to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as regional partners after the departure of Singapore in 1965 from the Federation of Malaysia.
He added that if Sarawak and Sabah do not have one-third representation each in Parliament or having less than one-third number of the seats, then the Federal Constitution has to be amended. —DayakDaily