Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: Sarawakians are urged to remain united for the state to remain strong and be able to move forward despite the challenges ahead.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said, “Sarawakians must not fall into the trap (of division) and let (influences from) West Malaysia divide us.

“Sarawak is strong at the moment because West Malaysia is divided. Let us remember this and take it as lesson,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Sept 5).

Earlier on Saturday, the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president attended the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Miri which was officiated by PBB president and Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

Echoing the address from Abang Johari during the convention, Dr Sim said the fight to restore state’s rights through Malaysian Agreement (1963) was far from over.

“The imposition of the State Sales Tax (STT) on oil and gas is just one of the successes (by the state government,” he said.

He added that among the other rights that PBB and its Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) component parties sought to restore was the one-third representation in Parliament for Sabah and Sarawak MPs.

He said the state was also seeking to restore its rights on territorial sea, the amendment of the Federal Constitution along with autonomy in health and education.

The SUPP president said it was widely speculated that Sarawak would be having its election by November this year.

“But Sabah beat us to the punch; it recently dissolved its state legislature and is expected to hold its election in the coming weeks.”

Dr Sim also said that there was a possibility that a snap general election could be held prior to the expected Sarawak state election.