After Nancy's call for Barisan to win big,Kelvin says it makes no sense to strengthen UMNO-BN for Sarawak

By Kelvin Yii
Barisan Nasional Sarawak has a skewed logic that the people of Sarawak should strengthen BN in Putrajaya so that we can somehow better stand up to Putrajaya.

Kelvin Yii: It makes no sense for need to strengthen UMNO-BN for Sarawak
 The fact of the matter is every vote for Barisan Nasional Sarawak strengthens and empowers the position of UMNO-BN in Putrajaya who has over the years side-lined us as a State as well as downgraded our rightful status and equal partners in the Federation.

In response to the recent statement by Minister in the Prime Minister Department Nancy Shukri that ‘BN must win big in Sarawak to influence federal government’, I would like to reiterate that it makes no sense for the need to strengthen UMNO-BN for Sarawak only then for the State to make our demands known.

Why strengthen the party that we want to stand up and demand from? Why are we shying away from our “King-maker status” when we are in a position to demand what is rightfully ours now when PM Najib and the federal BN is at their weakest?

This clearly shows the insincerity of Barisan Nasional government to give us back our rights as well as the subordination of all the other component parties to UMNO.

They are just using this as a ruse to appeal for votes in an attempt to deflect from the years of mismanagement of bad governance of the Barisan Nasional government.

Thus, the call to ‘strengthen Putrajaya so we can stand up to Putrajaya’ makes no sense and is a skewed logic by BN Sarawak.

Whether it is Stampin, Bandar Kuching or any parliamentary seat in the State, it is important we, regardless of race remember the bigger issue at hand which is the need to save Malaysia from being known as a 'global kleptocracy' and ensure that Malaysia fulfills our early promise to become a vibrant democracy and a model to the world as a united, harmonious, just, progressive and prosperous nation where the diversities of race, religion, language and culture are national assets and strengths and not national liabilities and weaknesses.

I thus want to reiterate our pledge that a Pakatan-led Putrajaya will give full autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak in line with Malaysia Agreement 1963 as well as pay out 20% in oil royalty from Sabah and Sarawak’s respective oil revenue as well as return 50% of all taxes collected, including from the GST, to the states’ coffers.- July 17, 2017.

Note: The writer is a special assistant to DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen

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