Sarawak MPs claim BN already started to transfer power to east Malaysia

Published date18 September 2018
Publication titleMalay Mail Online

The previous Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government had taken steps for the devolution or transfer of more powers to Sabah and Sarawak, MPs from the latter state asserted.

The Sarawak federal lawmakers who defended BN's efforts are from Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), which was still in the now-defunct Sarawak chapter of BN up to a few months ago.

PBB's Batang Sadong MP Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri noted that the federal government's Sunday announcement of plans to restore Sabah and Sarawak's status as equal partners was a good opportunity for Sarawakians to unite to demand for a return of such rights.

'And it has to be shared that under BN rule, when I was the co-chair in the DOP Committee, discussions were ongoing and there were administrative matters that were already implemented under the state government with the consent of the federal government,' she told Malay Mail.

Nancy, a former federal minister, had previously together with Sabah's Datuk Seri Anifah Aman chaired the federal-level steering committee on devolution of powers (DOP) to Sabah and Sarawak.

'Let it not be said that we did not voice out under BN. We in Sarawak had already dealt well with the federal government,' she said.

She added that the Sarawak state government - in its role of supporting and working together with Putrajaya - should continue to voice out for Sarawak's rights when it has an opportunity to do so.

Sarawak's PBB was formerly part of the BN coalition, but has since left to form the new state-level coalition of Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) after BN suffered its worst-ever electoral defeat and lost federal power to Pakatan Harapan (PH).

PBB's Petra Jaya MP Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof thanked the prime minister for promising to restore Sabah and Sarawak's status, expressing the hope that the pledge would be fulfilled as the Sarawak state government had been pursuing such a move.

He noted that the Sarawak state government - since the late Sarawak chief minister Tengku Adnan Satem and his successor Datuk...

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