KUCHING, Jan 19, 2016:

Much has yet to be achieved in Sarawak’s push for the devolution of power from the federal government.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said the issues were very complex and it would take longer to achieve despite the Federal Government’s approval of the move.

“We do not want to have duplication of duties. That’s the main reason for this move. But to have all these powers given back to us, we would need financial provisions,” said Adenan after the Anak Kampung book launch here today.

Adenan also said some of the simpler issues were resolved, which included deep sea licences, where the state must be consulted first before any licences were issued.

The Federal Government also agreed in beefing up the state’s Immigration Department with an additional 100 personnel to help regulate immigrant presence in the state and 90% of Sarawakian teachers to be posted in the state within the next two to three years.

“The bottom line is, whatever legislation affects Sarawak, the state must be consulted first,” Adenan added. Adenan will meet with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tomorrow in Putrajaya to discuss on the matter. “We will keep Sarawakians updated with the progress but do not expect these complicated issues to be resolved soon as what we want relates close to the country’s constitution and administration. “It will take some time for the results to be seen and that could even take up to five years,” said Adenan. Adenan refused to elaborate on the so called “complicated issues”, but suffice to say they were closely related to health, education as well as oil and gas royalties.

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