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KUCHING, Dec 17: Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan has today dismissed rumours of trying to create fear among Sarawakians claiming there would be bloodshed if Sarawak gained “independence”.
“If Sarawak can gain independence from Malaysia by peaceful negotiations with the Federal government, how can there be bloodshed?
“There are laws to guide us how to exit from Malaysia and that was how Singapore did it,” he said in a statement in response to rumours which he alleged was spread by “irresponsible politicians from local and Peninsula-based parties”.
Voon emphasised that if PBK forms the government, it would follow the Singapore model to set Sarawak free and independent from the clutches of the Federal government.
Singapore exited Malaysia after the two parties could not patch their political and economic differences, he said.
PBK, he continued, would use the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) which he insisted was an “invalid agreement” to seek Sarawak’s exit.
“Even if it was valid, willful fundamental breaches by the Federal government had caused MA63 to collapse. MA63 should also collapse after Singapore left Malaysia.
“Economic and political oppression and suppression by the Federal government are also grounds for Sarawak to exit,” he argued.
Voon, who is one of the contenders in N11 Batu Lintang seat, used the example of Barbados, which after 396 years, after it left behind the reigns of the British monarchy on Nov 30, 2021 to become the youngest independent country in the world.
“There was no bloodshed and the British did not send any army forces to Barbados although Barbados had announced cutting ties with the monarchy in 2020.
“The ceremony on Nov 30 was witnessed by Prince Charles and had completely led Barbados to leave her colonial past behind.
“Sarawak can be set free and independent if Sarawakians supports PBK to form the Sarawak government in this 12th Sarawak Election,” he added. — DayakDaily