Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

KUCHING: Federal laws affecting the rights of Sarawak will not be endorsed by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) state government without first being consented to by the Sarawak State Legislature (DUN).

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said while he was not a lawyer by trade, he understood that federal laws affecting the state such as Territorial Sea Act 2012 was voidable without being consented to by the state legislature.

“At the current strength of GPS assemblymen in Sarawak, there is no way federal laws affecting Sarawak will be endorsed by the state government.

“That is why we in Sarawak must stop Pakatan Harapan (PH) and its associate parties from winning any seats in this coming 12th State Election,” he said in a statement on Sunday.

Masing who is Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president said for Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP), a PH component party, it would be beholden to their party bosses in Malaya.

“They can’t and are unwilling to protect Sarawak’s interests in spite of their claims and bravados of fighting (for the state’s rights),” he said.

On Saturday, Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan urged the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government to repeal laws that plundered the resources from the state.

He said these laws included the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74), Territorial Sea Act 2012 (TSA 2012) and Continental Shelf Act 1966 (TSA 1966).