Najib’s ‘two conditions’ for Sarawak are beyond the pale by Francis Paul Siah
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Sabahan and Sarawakians, for all the past elections, you have voted overwhelmingly for BN..for Umno..so hard to believe you will change. You have been kept poor all these years so that you depend on BN for many things. So much so BN just have to give you some goodies before the election and most of you will again and again, vote for BN. And all your woes will continue to the next election and the sweets will be given again. Hey, when will you guys grow up and stop sucking the sweets? Be a man and make your decision for the future, not just for the present.- Edit
Malaysiakini : COMMENT | So Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has set two conditions for Sarawakians if they want their rights returned. In a report appearing in The Star on Dec 24, the prime
minister was quoted as saying that Putrajaya had no problem discussing
devolution of power and returning all eroded constitutional rights to
Sarawak, provided that those in the state met two conditions. “Firstly, there should be no talk of secession. The second red line is that the people must support BN. “If you support BN, why shouldn’t I give back those rights, which
have been knowingly or unknowingly taken from Sarawak?” Najib told a
Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) delegates conference.
As a Sarawakian patriot, let me make this declaration here: much as I
respect you as the prime minister, Najib, I am unable to accept your
two conditions. This is a simple reason why. I think it is very wrong, if not downright absurd, to set terms and
conditions to return what belongs to Sarawak in the first place. Hey, we have an agreement in place, the Malaysia Agreement 1963
(MA63). The terms of the agreement should have been respected and
honoured. Who “stole” them from Sarawakians in the first place?
In a court of law, a thief caught and found guilty would be punished
accordingly. Here, we have a condition where the thief has the gumption
to set conditions for the return of what was stolen. It doesn’t take a genius to sense that something is simply not right here. I’m not sure how the SUPP members present at the conference felt
after Najib’s speech. It would be unfair to condemn them all as obedient
Umno-BN stooges because I do have many dear friends in SUPP who can be
very vocal about BN policies which are deemed to not be in the best
interests of Sarawakians.