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Sarawakians told not to shy from ‘kingmaker status’

 | July 17, 2017

State DAP's Kelvin Yii dismisses minister Nancy Shukri’s assertion that Sarawak BN should win big in GE14 for the state’s voice to be heard in Putrajaya as ‘skewed logic’.

Kelvin-YiiPETALING JAYA: A DAP aide has cautioned that the call for Sarawak voters to support Barisan Nasional (BN) so that the coalition could better represent the state at the federal level would only compromise Sarawak’s position as a “kingmaker” in its dealing with Putrajaya.

Kelvin Yii, special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman and Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen, called it “skewed logic.”

He said it made no sense for BN, which ruled the country and the state, to be strengthened in Sarawak for the state to be able to make its demands known.

“Why strengthen the party that we want to stand up (to) and demand from?” he said in a statement today.

“Why are we shying away from our ‘kingmaker status’ when we are in a position to demand what is rightfully ours now when prime minister Najib (Razak) and the federal BN are at their weakest?” he added.

“The fact of the matter is every vote for Sarawak BN strengthens and empowers the position of Umno-BN in Putrajaya who has over the years sidelined us as a state as well as downgraded our rightful status as equal partners in the federation.”

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri had yesterday said it was essential for Sarawak BN to win big in the upcoming 14th general election (GE14) so that its voice could be heard by federal government leaders.

The four BN component parties in Sarawak are Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).

Yii said the assertion by Nancy, who is PBB’s Batang Sadong MP, showed the BN government’s insincerity in wanting to give the state back its rights.

He claimed that it was a ruse to appeal for votes in an attempt to deflect attention from mismanagement and bad governance by the BN government.

“Thus, the call to strengthen Putrajaya so we can stand up to Putrajaya makes no sense and is skewed logic by BN Sarawak,” he said.

Yii said a Pakatan Harapan-led Putrajaya would give full autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak in line with the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

He said it also would pay to the states 20% in oil royalty from their respective oil revenues while returning 50% of all taxes collected, including from the goods and services tax (GST), to the states’ coffers.

He added that it was important for Sarawakians to remember the “bigger issue at hand”, which he said included the need to save Malaysia from being known as a “global kleptocracy” and ensure that the country fulfilled the opposition’s promise to become a vibrant democracy.

‘BN must win big in Sarawak to influence federal government’


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