S’wak BN will fight for state rights its own way

Dr-Stephen-RundiPETALING JAYA: Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) will fight for the state’s rights in a manner that does not offend Putrajaya, says state BN Secretary-General Dr Stephen Rundi Utom.

According to a Borneo Post Online report, Rundi, who is the state Minister of Public Utilities, said the Sarawak government would achieve its goals in a lawful and responsible manner.

He was commenting on the statement by Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) spokesperson Peter John Jaban, who called on Sarawakian lawmakers on both sides of the divide to establish a bipartisan committee to drive the issue of Sarawak’s autonomy.

In a press statement yesterday, S4S spokesperson Peter John Jaban asked for an end to party politicking over the autonomy issue and the establishment of a bipartisan committee to drive it forward.

Jaban had said Sarawak’s autonomy must be the main struggle of all Sarawak-elected assemblymen and parliamentarians, above everything else, including party interests.

However, Rundi was quick to point out that unlike S4S, which advocated Sarawak’s independence, the state BN was not seeking to secede, but obtain the rights enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

“We will argue legally based on the MA63, and in our process of reclaiming the state’s rights, we do not include the idea of seceding.”

“We want our rights to be given back to us because we want the power to monitor all the development projects so that we can fast-track the state’s development as soon as possible,” Rundi explained.

Rundi added that BN would table a Bill to regain the state’s autonomy with or without the support of the opposition and S4S.

Recently, Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem said Sarawak BN would table a motion on reclaiming Sarawak’s rights in the upcoming state assembly sitting in November.

The motion will focus on the need for Putrajaya to honour Sarawak’s rights as enshrined in the MA63, the Inter-Governmental Committee Report and the Cobbold Commission Report 1962.