‘PH Sarawak should admit it has fallen short of its promises’

Dato Sri Doris Brodie

KUCHING, July 30: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) women’s chief Dato Sri Doris Brodie challenges Pakatan Harapan (PH)Sarawak to admit that it has failed to fulfil its promises rather than compromise Sarawak’s rights over its oil and gas (O&G) to cover its bluff.

She said PH Sarawak chief Chong Chieng Jen may have a short memory but not Sarawakians.

“We vividly remember PH’s promises as per their manifesto last GE14 (14th General Election), to give 20 per cent royalty to Sarawak if PH wins. Now that PH has won and knowing very well that PH can’t deliver on that promise because it contravenes PDA74 (Petroleum Development Act 1974), you and your PH government are now trying to fool your fellow Sarawakians yet another time with a new deal…

“Why flipflop on the Petronas’ O&G royalty issue? Where is your conscience as a Sarawakian? Your act is akin to belittling your own sons of the soil. If you all (PH) cannot fulfill your promise and have made a mistake, please just admit it.

“Your current position and your political master may have restrained you from ‘fighting’ for Sarawak’s right but as a Sarawakian the least you could do is not to allow yourself to be used by them as their spokesperson or negotiator at the expense of your fellow Sarawakians,” said Doris who is also a political secretary to the Chief Minister.

She called on PH Sarawak to stop compromising on Sarawak’s rights over its oil and gas.

“We have been abused for approximately 44 years and now that we have awakened, let us not jeopardize our hopes with selfish politics,” said Doris in a statement today.

She said the Sarawak government is now seeking for the federal government to honor Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the state’s Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 as O&G in the state rightly belongs to Sarawak.

“Thus it is not for the federal government nor Chong as Sarawak PH leader representing his political masters to dictate to Sarawak,” said Doris.

She also reminded Chong who is also Stampin MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman not to forget that he is a Sarawakian and should join the fight to re-claim Sarawak’s rights.

“In case Chong has forgotten that he is a Sarawakian, may I take this opportunity to remind him to keep his feet grounded on Sarawak soil (as a Sarawakian) and fight together with your fellow Sarawakians to re-claim our rights on this issue.

“GPS (Gabungan Parti Sarawak) as the Sarawak government under Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari’s leadership will pursue re-claiming Sarawak’s autonomy; Sarawakians must rise above politics to fight for our rights,” she said.

Doris also remind Chong who is Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs to focus on his tasks and responsibilities to live up to other promises in the PH manifesto.

“We have been hopeful for ‘harga barang’ (prices of goods) to come down since PH have reintroduced SST (Sales and Services Tax) but it appears that it is a far cry (from reality).” — DayakDaily