Focus on fulfilling promises made to Sarawak, PBB tells DAP

PBB assemblyman Idris Buang has reminded Sarawak DAP about its promised ‘real deal’ for the state.

KUCHING: A PBB assemblyman today said Sarawak DAP should focus on fulfilling its promises and not harp on the ones made by the previous government.

Muara Tuang assemblyman Idris Buang said Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen should not keep on reminding people of the pledges made by former prime minister Najib Razak and his previous government.

Instead, he said, Chong should focus on his own promises, particularly the ones that he had declared as “the real deal” for Sarawak.

Chong had reportedly made a promise in the state assembly in 2017 that if Pakatan Harapan took control of the federal government, 50% of the taxes collected from Sarawak and 20% of the royalty paid on oil and gas production would be returned to the state.

In a statement, Idris said Chong should fulfill his own promises and not be a “busybody” in harping on the promises made by the previous government.

He also refuted claims that Sarawak BN had allowed the state’s rights, including those under the Tourism Tax Act 2017, Territorial Sea Act 2012, National Security Council Act 2015, Access to Biological Resources and Benefits Sharing Act 2017 and the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill 2017, to be encroached.

The recent enforcement of the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 and 5% sales tax on petroleum products was proof of the state government’s stand on Sarawak’s rights, he said.