KOTA SAMARAHAN: Sarawak will continue to remain in Malaysia as a partner of the federation.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg however assured that the state government would continue the work of former chief minister, the late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem, to reclaim eroded state rights.
He stressed that the uncompromising stand taken by Sarawak on its rights does not mean that the state is exiting the Malaysia federation.
“I and other members of the administration will continue the fight that was started by Adenan.
“Maybe the approach will be different, there are no two same humans, but we will continue our effort to uplift the state,” he assured.
“The late Adenan urged us to reclaim eroded rights; it is up to us, the living to ensure that it happens.
“I have been in negotiations with the federal government and insisted that there are four non-negotiable matters in the discussions.”
Abang Johari said these are matters pertaining to the state borders, the state’s land code, powers of immigration, and rights enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“These four will not be discussed as it’s (these are) our rights. This does not mean we exit Malaysia, but more of us taking care of our own house in Malaysia.
“We know that there is no other place for Sarawak besides being in the Malaysia federation,” he said.
Abang Johari also thanked his Cabinet members for working as a team to develop Sarawak in the last three years.
“I also thank the people for working closely with us in the interest of Sarawak,” he said.