KUCHING, Feb 2, 2016:
A state Opposition Youth leader lambasted Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem for what he claimed as turning the fight for Sarawak autonomy as a carrot to entice Barisan Nasional (BN) votes.
Petra Jaya DAPSY Publicity secretary Abdul Aziz Isa also said Sarawak BN was strong enough to get Putrajaya to accept its demands, claiming that there was no need for a 100% mandate.
“I don’t see any reason for our Chief Minister to keep on calling for a big win in the coming state election for him to talk to Putrajaya. Obviously, Adenan totally failed to capitalise on the Sarawak BN’s “king-maker” position in national BN,” said Abdul Aziz in a statement.
Abdul Aziz also said the state BN currently has 134 MPs or 60.36% of the total 222 MPs in Dewan Rakyat and 64 senators or 91.43% of total 70 senators in Dewan Negara, while in the state assembly, BN has 54 elected representatives.
“That is 76.06% in the state assembly, a lot stronger than the national BN’s presence in Parliament,” said Abdul Aziz.
He also accused Adenan of reducing himself to gutter politics by making baseless accusation that the Opposition is scoffing the fight for autonomy.
“Such accusation by Adenan is merely to cover up his failure in getting the Federal BN to agree to more autonomy for Sarawak. It all boils down to whether the federal government is willing to devolve those powers that the state has requested,” said Abdul Aziz.