KUCHING, Dec 21: Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Stakan Branch chairman Sim Kiang Chiok has called on Sarawakians to rally behind Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in driving Sarawak’s future.
Sim, who is also SUPP Central Working Committee (CWC) member, emphasised that Abang Johari displayed great bravery when he decided to pull Sarawak out of Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition to form Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).
“He (Abang Johari) did that despite knowing the fact that it would be an uphill task to promote a new logo to the whole of Sarawak in a short period before the state election.
“The move to form GPS is so that Sarawakians will forever have political autonomy and never again be under the thumb of Malayan political parties,” he said in a statement today.
He highlighted that the major strategies implemented by Abang Johari to strengthen Sarawak’s position included setting up Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) to ensure steady financial funding for state’s development, Sarawak State Assembly (DUN) passed the Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill (2018) to regulate oil and gas activities in the state and imposing five per cent State Sales Tax on petroleum products.
“As such, all oil companies operating in Sarawak have to pay the State Sales Tax. Murphy Oil and Shell did pay their due except Petronas.
“Petronas is being stubborn to adhere to our law as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and duly incorporated in our Federal Constitution,” he added.
Sim thus urged all Sarawakians regardless of political affiliations to rally behind Abang Johari, a courageous and dutiful son of Sarawak.
“We must protect our rights, resources and way of life. We can’t afford to let our state be run by Malayan political parties and their proxies,” he said.— DayakDaily