KUCHING, Oct 18: Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar emphasised today that Sarawak does not accept the ideology and doctrine of PAS.
He reiterated that it has been the stand taken by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.
“Views had been expressed that the ideology and doctrine of PAS are not acceptable to Sarawak. YAB Chief Minister of Sarawak (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg) had unequivocally stated that GPS is not forming a coalition with PAS,” he said in a media statement.
He presented the statement to the media when Kelantan Speaker Datuk Abdullah Ya’kub paid him a courtesy call at the DUN Complex here today.
“In our meeting with Honourable Speaker of the State Assembly of Kelantan and their Public Account Committee, we shall focus on Parliamentary co-operation and collaboration that transcend partisan polemic,” he said.
To Asfia, there were the coincidences of circumstances between the State of Kelantan and Sarawak.
He pointed out that, like Sarawak, Kelantan is an oil-gas rich state which benefits very little from such resources, and under the policy and philosophy of ‘shared prosperity’, the wealth of the state has been carted away resulting in the perpetuation of poverty.
“Anyone is ever ready and willing to share your wealth and have a lion share of that wealth but by any stretch of any imagination no one is keen to share your poverty,” he said.
“In a policy of shared prosperity, there must be ‘quid pro quo’ meaning we give you this, you give us that,” he explained.
“The oil and gas are ours, you carted away with RM660 billions leaving us with only RM33 Billions. This is grossly unjust and one-sided,” he stressed.
On politics, Asfia praised PAS for its resilience as even though Kelantan had been subjected to full-scale frontal assault and relentless attacks by national ruling parties of various shades and political persuasion for the past 60 years, it still never wavers on its political stand.
“Kelantan GDP may be modest compared to other states in Malaysia, its political resilience is second to none with the exception of Sarawak,” he said.
“Their doctrine ossified their stand and the people do not oscillate from one political end of the spectrum to the other,” he added.— DayakDaily