KUCHING, April 23: The glaring economic disparities between Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak mandates that the Land of the Hornbills must reclaim all its rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
This includes rights over its petroleum resources, of which the immense revenue derived could be used to develop the state, said Wilfred Yap, chairman of Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Kota Sentosa Branch.
In a statement today, Yap said he was very disappointed with the recent actions of Democratic Action Party (DAP) leaders in criticising Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) lawmakers for not supporting the bill to amend Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution.
“The criticisms from DAP are clear admissions that Sarawak DAP members are a mouthpiece of their Malayan masters and that DAP is controlled by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir.
“It is also clear from their recent statements and actions that Sarawak DAP elected representatives will not be fighting for the return of the rights and power to Sarawak under the MA63,” he opined.
Yap, who is a practising lawyer, said it was, therefore, crucial for every loyal Sarawakian to be united under a common objective to restore the state’s rights and not to be misled by Pakatan Harapan (PH), of which the DAP is a component party.
“As loyal Sarawakians, we should fight for Sarawak rights and continue the effort of Tok Nan (the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem), who set the Sarawak agenda for autonomy in motion.
“Sarawakians must stand up for our rights, speak with one united voice and go all out to fight for the return of our rights and entitlements that have been eroded over the years, especially during the 22 years when Dr Mahathir was the prime minister, for the sake of our future generations,” he emphasised. — DayakDaily