Adenan: Devolution of powers takes time


KUCHING: The devolution of powers from the federal to state government, as well as its various related issues, is a complex matter that takes time to bear results.

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem said he did not expect the matter to be resolved in a short period of time.

Nevertheless, with the goodwill and sincerity of both the federal and state governments, the process would proceed step by step, he said.

He said among the more critical issues were funding because in some instances, when powers were taken over, financial backing was imperative.

Speaking to reporters after launching Lily Yong Lee Lee’s autobiography entitled ‘Anak Kampung’ at a hotel here today, Adenan also cited the federal government’s approval to ensure that 90 per cent of teachers in Sarawak were locals, as well as its consent to increase the number of immigration officers in the state.

The chief minister also highlighted how the federal government consulted with the state government when issuing licenses to deep-sea fishing operators in Sarawak.

Last Saturday, when opening the Sibu Division Sejiwa Senada 2016 Programme, Adenan was reported as saying he would meet Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday to discuss matters regarding the devolution of powers to the Sarawak government.

Najib, during his visit here in June last year, said he was in talks with Adenan on how the devolution of powers could be implemented in Sarawak as it was time for certain powers to be transferred to the state government’s departments.