DAP should’ve repealed laws detrimental to Sarawak

Voon Lee Shan

KUCHING: The Democratic Action Party (DAP) during its tenure as federal government should have repealed all laws detrimental to Sarawak, said Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan.

“DAP knew Sarawak’s rights have been eroded but instead of restoring it, they had just warmed their seats for 22 months before being removed from office by Perikatan Nasional (PN),” Voon said in a statement on Sunday (April 11).

He noted that during Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s stint as prime minister, DAP claimed there were at least six laws passed that constituted direct encroachment of Sarawak’s rights which should have been repealed.

Among them are the Goods and Services Tax Act, 2014; The Tourism Tax Act, 2017; The Territorial Sea Act 2012; The National Security Council Act 2015; The Access to Biological Resources and Benefits Sharing Act, 2017; and The Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill 2017.

“DAP, when in power, also did not repeal the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974.

“Each day, Petronas was pumping about 850,000 barrels of crude oil that belonged to Sarawak worth about RM285 million,” he said.

The PBK chief said while Pakatan Harapan (PH) government could not alone restore the rightful status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners in the Federation of Malaysia, legislations detrimental to Sarawak and Sabah should have been repealed.

“Please do not forget the election promises of DAP during GE14 to return 20 percent oil and gas royalties and 50 percent of all taxes collected in the state, full autonomy in education and healthcare back to Sarawak.

“Where are these now?” he asked.