KUCHING: Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) Youth chief Robert Ayu says he agrees with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, that United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) is not welcome to spread its wings to Sarawak.
“True to his word, Abang Johari had continued with what the late Tok Nan (late chief minister Pehin Sri Adenan Satem) had started,” said Robert.
He added that Tok Nan had openly rejected Umno’s entry into Sarawak and told then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak that Sarawak did not want Umno here.
Robert stressed that Umno did not understand the multi-culture and multi-religious society in Sarawak.
“Thus, I agree with the chief minister that Umno is not welcome here and that Umno is extreme.
“We see what happened to our neighbour, Sabah. What happened to their rights under MA63? (Malaysia Agreement 1963).”
On Sept 3, during the grant presentation for the Dayak Bidayuh National Association community hostel, Abang Johari asserted that Umno would not be allowed to spread its wings to Sarawak.
Describing Umno as ‘extreme’, he noted that some of its members had touched on religious sentiments.
“West Malaysia-based parties do not know our culture. We co-exist in Sarawak,” Abang Johari said, highlighting the state’s religious understanding and harmony.
“We do not have such problems here. That is why we will not allow them to come to Sarawak – we will protect Sarawak and its people.”