KUCHING, Aug 10: Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar has advised Sarawakians to reject the style of politics in Peninsular Malaysia.
He said Sarawakians, who are well-mannered and cultured, should stick to the Sarawak brand of politics and stay away from extremism and racial politics.
“GE14 was the high-water mark of the lies, deceits and falsehoods. In some cases defamation and slanders are rampantly thrown in together with abusive language and superlative terms. This seems to continue unabated,” he said in a statement.
He added: “Sarawak has long rejected and cringed at this political culture and practice and it is definitely not good for multi-racial and multi-religious country like Malaysia.
“Multi-facets Sarawak, gentle and polite Sarawakians have to distant ourselves with unhealthy political development.”
While Sarawak needed to grow and develop to become a high-income region, it has to be done without abandoning the good culture and practices of Sarawakians, imbued with good eastern and religious values, he opined.
“I am in total agreement with the chief minister (Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg). For now we could see there are not many politicians and political leaders in the peninsula who would be able to represent the cultured society we aspire to be.
“It is sad to note that some of the Pakatan Harapan local leaders and politicians fell into the same trapping, trying to outdo their mentors and models across the South China Sea,” he continued.
Wan Junaidi reiterated the need to reject such culture, otherwise the racial harmony, religious acceptance and integration of the people in Sarawak will be at risk.
“This (the good culture of Sarawak) underlies our concept for Sarawak First. To preserve the solidarity, religious and racial harmony in the state.
“The new political culture in the peninsula is just repugnant to the state’s well being and welfare,” he said in response to Abang Johari’s call to reject Malayan politics during the opening of Long Lama Bridge on Thursday.
Wan Junaidi believed that Abang Johari was reasserting the sentiments and feelings of many Sarawakians when the latter talked about keeping Malayan type of politics at bay.
He reminded that politics, at the very basic, is the question of vying for power to manage and administer a country or state.
“Intrinsic in the Federal Constitution on how the laws and regulations is being enacted with respect to electing representatives of the people’s voice on how the country is to be managed and administered.
“Actually, there should not be any problem in vying for the power through election. But the struggle becomes so intense that in some countries, subterfuge, intrigues, and open physical confrontation occurs.
“We could see this development in the peninsula since the mid 90s and becoming more robust in words and deeds. Some are outright not civil and uncultured,” Wan Junaidi opined. — DayakDaily