Serembu rep backs call for ‘Parliament of Sarawak’ designation

Miro Simuh

KUCHING, Jan 21: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth deputy chief and Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh supports the call made by Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian to consider addressing the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) as Parliament of Sarawak.

In making the call, Miro said since Malaysia practises the Westminster system, it should also adopts the United Kingdom (UK)’s parliamentary system which has its three autonomous regions, namely Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with their own separate parliaments.

“Since both Sarawak and Sabah formed the federation of Malaysia together with Malaya as equal partners, we too can have our own parliaments like in the UK. For that I agree with the suggestion made by the SUPP president to consider calling Sarawak DUN (State Legislative Assembly), to be upgraded into a parliament,” Miro told DayakDaily here today.

He added that this will ensure Sarawak will have its rightful autonomy which can give it extra power to further develop it as a developed region.

He was commenting on Dr Sim’s proposal that Sarawak should consider calling its DUN as Parliament of Sarawak during the launching of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) last Saturday night.

“We have not just 13 states but we also have the federal territories of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan. It is time for us to be on our own. We are not one of the 13 or 16. We are the Sarawak government and not Sarawak state government. We should consider calling it (DUN Sarawak) Parliament of Sarawak and not DUN,” said Dr Sim.

Dr Sim stressed that in Australia, six of the states have their own Parliament, thus giving them more autonomy to decide on their socio-economic and political development.

He reiterated that Sarawak should be considered as an autonomous region as it is different from other states in the peninsular.

Dr Sim added that it was obvious that Sarawak and Sabah, which were formerly independent entities should be accorded such status (of having their own respective Parliaments). — DayakDaily