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KUCHING, July 22: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak information chief Abun Sui Anyit has said that the party’s former leaders’ vision was for Malaysia to become a confederation of three independent and sovereign nations of the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah, like the EU where all members are independent nations.
“(But) PKR Sarawak’s vision of an independent and sovereign Sarawak does not mean the end of Malaysia. PKR Sarawak leaders are not secessionists, which means Sarawak will not be a complete break from Malaysia.
“This I strongly believe was the original vision of our forefathers – of three equal and independent nations,” he said in a statement in conjunction with Sarawak Day today.
Abun Sui, who is also PKR Hulu Rajang branch chief, noted that over the years, Sarawak and Sabah were relegated and demoted to become mere states of the Federation of Malaysia as per Federal Constitution amendment in 1976.
“Last year there was an attempt at the restoration of some rights to Sarawak and Sabah with the amendment to the Federal Constitution to ‘restore’ Sarawak and Sabah as the Bornean States.
“However, at the moment that does not go far enough as we are yet to see any progress post amendment after constitutional amendment on Dec 14, 2021. We ought to become an independent and sovereign nation which is an internationally guaranteed right under UNGAR (or United Nation General Assembly Resolution) no 1514 and 1541,” he pointed out.
Abun Sui added that prior to July 22 being declared as a public holiday by the Sarawak government, its former chairman Dominique Ng had raised the Sarawak flag every year without fail at Kuching’s Padang Merdeka in an attempt to educate Sarawakians about the important history of Sarawak.
“Sarawak Day on July 22 every year was gazetted as a Sarawak public holiday on May 10, 2016 by the Sarawak government. PKR Sarawak is proud to be part of the struggle for Sarawak Day until it is recognised today.
“On this very Sarawak Day, we in PKR Sarawak wish all Sarawakians a Happy Sarawak Day,” he extended PKR Sarawak’s wishes. — DayakDaily