KUCHING: The name change from ‘chief minister’ to ‘Premier of Sarawak’ is the beginning of all the subsequent assertion of Sarawak’s rights and autonomy.
Deputy Premier Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said that Chinese had a saying on how the chief minister is called is very important as the name brought status and power.
“We do not want our chief minister to be called in the same manner as the heads of other state governments in Malaya,” he said in his Facebook post on Tuesday (March 1).
He said the Premier of Sarawak would place Sarawakian Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders in a better position to demand more rights and autonomy.
“It speaks loud and clear by itself that provides a stronger mandate for GPS and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) as well places Sarawak in a stronger position,” he said.