No compromise on State’s rights

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KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has reiterated that he would not compromise on the state’s rights.

He pledged that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition would continue to uphold Sarawak’s rights under the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Abang Johari who is GPS chairman said that he would continue the fight started by his predecessor Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, whose untimely demise meant that he did not have the chance to fulfill the promises made in the last state election.

“We will continue to fight for our eroded rights, when I assumed the position, I took over Bakun dam from Putrajaya and now Bakun belongs to Sarawak,” he said when addressing an Entrepreneur Showcase and Agricultural Transformation programme in Lawas yesterday.
The chief minister said among the non-negotiable matters was immigration and maintained that any visitor to Sarawak would need to display his/her passport.

“Secondly are our rights to land, now there is talk to merge the state’s land code with the national land code. I said to them, no deal, that is Sarawak’s rights,” he said, recalling his negotiations with the steering committee on MA63 in Putrajaya.

“Thirdly are our rights to our boundary including our continental shelf. It must not be changed.

“Lastly, Sarawak must be managed in line with MA63, Cobbold Commission and Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) report. This is what we want to protect and I will continue protecting it,” he said.

Abang Johari speaks at the Entrepreneur Showcase and Agricultural Transformation programme in Lawas.

Abang Johari said that he would continue to pursue a return of the state’s commodities, adding that the recent transfer of gas distribution power from Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) and the Bakun dam as only the beginning.

“That is only two, there are others in my mind with the condition that all of you will support GPS in the upcoming state election. We practise what we preach.
“Oil and gas in the Federal Constitution is ours under the Ninth Schedule, Article 2(c) and Article 8(j). If you want to extract our resources, you must have permit and license from the state government.

“If you don’t, then we will close the door on you,” he said.

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