NGO labels 916 a “sad day”

KUCHING, Sept 16: Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) staged a ‘flash mob’ themed ‘It’s a Sad Day’ at Padang Merdeka here today, claiming that Sept 16 is a ‘dark day’ for Sarawak.

According to its spokesperson Tan Kok Chiang, the participants were disappointed that ever since Sarawak joined the Federation of Malaya as an equal partner to form Malaysia in 1963, Sarawak had not been fairly treated.

“We were shortchanged in many areas, among others oil and gas and in education.

“Since that has been the case, when Sarawak signed the agreement on Sept 16, 1963, that was not a day to celebrate but a dark day for Sarawak,” he told DayakDaily.

S4S’s gathering at Padang Merdeka to express their disappointment over how Sarawak has been treated over the past decades.
“It’s a Sad Day” was the theme for the S4S Sept 16 gathering at Padang Merdeka, Kuching.

About 50 people turned up at the gathering, where slogans such as ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’, ‘Agi Idup Agi Nyelaban’, ‘Dum Spiro Spero’, ‘Referendum Hak Rakyat’, ‘100% oil and gas’, ‘Sovereign Wealth Fund’, ‘Enough Is Enough’, ‘Sarexit’ and ‘Saya Sokong Sarawak Keluar Malaysia’ were chanted at 9am, 9.30am and 10am. The protestors then dispersed.

On whether he was disappointed that only a handful of people showed up to help champion their cause, Tan replied that had been the norm, but the group would continue to uphold what they believed in. — DayakDaily