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By Nancy Nais
KUCHING, Nov 11: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) has resolved to contest in 20 state seats in upcoming Sarawak Election which must be called by mid 2021.
The seats claimed are Padungan, Pending, Batu Lintang, Kota Sentosa, Batu Kawah, Batu KItang, Opar, Mambong, Simanggang, Engkilili, Repok, Meradong, Bukit Assek, Dudong, Bawang Assan, Pelawan, Tanjung Batu, Piasau, Pujut and Senadin.
It was one of the nine resolutions proposed and passed at the party’s Annual Delegates Conference 2019 (ADC) yesterday.
Apart from claiming 20 seats, SUPP also called on the federal government to hold referendum for Sarawakians to decide whether to stay or leave Malaysia.
Meanwhile, SUPP pledged to support Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abdul Rahman Johari Tun Openg in rejecting any attempts by the federal government to further erode Sarawak’s rights, including the formation of Federal Village Community Management Councils (MPKKP) in the state.
SUPP also stated its strong stance that Sarawak’s immigration autonomy, financial autonomy, boundaries, land and its natural resources are absolutely non-negotiable.
The party took the opportunity to re-emphasise its stand that the federal government should return 20 percent oil royalties and 50 percent tax revenues collected in Sarawak without further delay as promised by Pakatan Harapan (PH) before the 14th General Election.
SUPP resolved to support Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government’s initiative to share the state’s wealth with fellow Sarawakians through various programmes, which includes the setting up of a Sovereign fund.
The party strongly objected to the incorporation of Jawi Calligraphy in the syllabus of Chinese and Tamil primary schools even though there are only three pages in syllabus as reported.
SUPP stated that its firm stand that all Sarawakians irrespective of race, should protect the constitutional rights to continue teaching and learning mother tongues.
The party also objected to the resolutions adopted by Malay Dignity Congress that only Malay language be allowed as medium of instructions in schools.
The party also passed the resolution that promotion scheme in Sarawak civil service shall be based on meritocracy, irrespective of race and religion,” the statement added. — DayakDaily