KUCHING, April 12: Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak has sent a copy of the ‘New Deal Agreement’ to the Chief Minister’s office and proposed for the agreement to be signed by state Barisan Nasional leaders next week.
In a press statement today, PH Sarawak secretariat Simon Siah said the agreement, for greater autonomy and devolution of power to Sarawak in the event that PH forms the next federal government, was already signed by the three leaders from PH Sarawak.
“We proposed for the agreement to be signed next week at the convenience of the Chief Minister and the respective leaders of the component parties of Barisan Nasional Sarawak.
“We expect to receive a call sometime this week from the Chief Minister’s office to set up the appointment for the agreement to be signed,” he added.
The New Deal Agreement, announced by PH leaders on April 9, outlines the wishes of Sarawakians for greater autonomy, devolution of power to Sarawak and a path towards he transformation of Sarawak.
The six-page agreement touches on restoration of territorial integrity and devolution of powers in taxation and public revenues, education, health, social security, civil infrastructure development, natural resources and tourism.
However, Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Youth had described the ‘New Deal Agreement’ as a bad deal, saying that PH has already failed to respect and acknowledge Sarawak’s territorial integrity. — DayakDaily