SEMOP assemblyman Abdullah Saidol.

SEMOP assemblyman Abdullah Saidol hopes all State Assemblymen will support the Chief Minister who is fighting to have the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) restored.

“The  Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi  Abang Johari Tun Openg is representing us in the  Steering Committee at the Federal level to voice out our needs on the matter,” said Saidol in his speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting in Kuching on Tuesday.

“55 years ago, Sarawak was a  backwater, underdeveloped. Many people were poor and poverty was rife,” he said.

“Our past leaders decided on September 16, 1963, to become a party to a bigger Federation and hence,  this nation called Malaysia was formed,” he said.

“But now, the people of Sarawak have become uneasy because they are sidelined in Malaysia.
“The Federal Government does not treat us as  we expect,” he pointed out.

Saidol added that Sarawak hoped the Federal Government would treat the state as  an equal partner that    formed  Malaysia.