S4S urges CM to be resolute in fight for state rights

Tan (front row, centre) with former Padungan assemblyman Dominique Ng (front row, second left) and former Batu Lintang assemblyman Voon Lee Shan (front row, third right) and S4S members and supporters.

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KUCHING, July 1: Sarawak For Sarawakians (S4S) calls on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to be strong and fight to regain Sarawak’s rights.

S4S Kuching spokesperson Tan Kok Chiang told reporters yesterday that S4S is behind the Sarawak government in its endeavour and it would only consider turning into a political party if the Sarawak government fails to fight for Sarawak’s rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

However, he said he hoped that the Sarawak Governmnet under Abang Johari would lead the way to fight for Sarawak’s sovereignty.

“(It) depends on the situation. We don’t know. If the Sarawak government continues to sleep, eat and drink, we will come out (to be a political party),” said Tan, adding that what they were doing now is pressuring the Sarawak government to be strong.

“You must be strong. Use your time and do the best thing for Sarawak,” said Tan in his message for Abang Johari.

He said Sarawak’s claims has the protection of the law, especially its Oil Mining Ordinance 1958.

“What we want to get back is 100 per cent (of Sarawak oil and gas) and not 20 per cent or five per cent. It is time we get it back,” said Tan at a press conference here today.

He also hoped that Abang Johari would work towards the recovery of Sarawak’s status as enshrined under MA63 which gives Sarawak recognition as a partner and not one of the thirteen states.

He called on the Sarawak government to stand up and be counted for by preventing Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) from entering Sarawak.

“Looking backward, who was the president of Umno (United Malays National Organisation)? Looking forward, who is now in charge of PPBM?

“It is the same people, only the change of name. He (PPBM president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) is now trying to get all Umno leaders to come in.”