James Masing

KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing said it appears that Putrajaya will not give up its fight in eroding Sarawak’s rights. 

He said several Pakatan Harapan (PH) Members of Parliament (MPs) during a parliamentary debate last year ridiculed Sarawak’s immigration autonomy. 

“They complained how cumbersome and ridiculous it is to use passport travelling in the same country but our chief minister answered it correctly when he said ‘If entry (to Sarawak) is troublesome, just don’t come’.

James Masing

“Now, Putrajaya wants the Sarawak Land Code to be merged with the National Land Code,” Masing noted.

He said Sarawak leaders must never agree to Putrajaya’s proposal, reminding that merging the state land code with national land code would open the way for Putrajaya to exploit the state’s assets including its oil and gas.

Masing said again it was a short and very clear answer from the chief minister who said, “No! Over my dead body!”

“Thirdly, Putrajaya via Petronas challenged Sarawak’s rights in court to exercise its constitutional rights on its oil and gas.

“In all these issues, Sarawakian PH lawmakers are deadly silent. I think they ‘takut lawan boss in KL,’ (fear to opposed their boss in KL) in fear of losing their positions,” said Masing.

Hence, Masing said it is of critical importance that GPS must win the 12th state election.

“Losing is not an option for us Sarawakians” he added.