Aspirasi president: Ask Sarawakians, not their leaders

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KUCHING: Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) welcomes federal Parliament and Law Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar’s announcement to table the Bills on the constitutional amendments to reinstate the rights of Sarawak and Sabah as in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) within his 100 days key performance index.

Aspirasi president Lina Soo stated that it was reassuring to learn that a comprehensive execution plan within a 100-day timeline was on schedule.

She believed that all parliamentarians would do the right thing to vote in the affirmative to support Sarawak and Sabah’s rights.

“Wan Junaidi had acknowledged the hard truth that after having achieved independence for 58 years, more than 40 per cent of the people in Borneo are still living in rural areas, lacking basic facilities and infrastructure, namely connectivity, communication, electricity, education and healthcare,” she said on Tuesday (Oct 5).

However, Soo questioned why Wan Junaidi was engaging only Sarawak and Sabah leaders and top government officials, as reported in the media.

“In fact, he should engage Sarawakians, not their leaders whose five-year term had expired and may not be sitting where they are now after the 12th state election.”

On the Sarawak people’s MA63 grievances over oil and gas, she expressed support for the Sarawak Petroleum Contractors Association’s call for the Sarawak government to intervene over Petroliam Nasional Berhad’s recent decision to award a contract to a non-Sarawakian company.

She noted that there were several Sarawak companies capable of doing the job, but the contract was farmed out to a Malayan company.

“We want our government to take a more assertive and proactive stance in nurturing and advocating business and entrepreneurial opportunities for Sarawakians in our oil and gas industry.

“Sarawak has many talents who are experienced in the oil and gas industry and any business opportunity that does not require rocket science can be competently managed and delivered by our own entrepreneurs.”

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