Sarawak groups: Big NO to BN joining PH

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Image credit: Taib Mahmud (Wikipedia), Sarawak map (blass.com.au)

There are conflicting statements in the media on the subject of Sarawak’s Barisan National Parties (BN) in particular Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) wanting to join the Pakatan Harapan (PH). We, a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) in Sarawak, are joining other Sarawak voters in the recently completed general election to strongly object such a move.

Rumours started circulating that PBB wished to join PH after a widely reported visit by Taib Mahmud, Sarawak’s current Governor and the former Chief Minister of Sarawak, who was once the chairman of the state’s BN, who met Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the newly elected PH Prime Minister of Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur.

As the visit was timed after BN had suffered a drastic loss in the election, the speculation was that Taib was trying to negotiate for his party and/or the BN coalition in Sarawak to join PH.

BN lost generally because of the voters’ unhappiness or dissatisfaction with BN, and they were hoping for a beneficial change. But if the state BN component parties are admitted into the PH coalition, what change can civil society expect? All the struggles of the civil society organsations against BN’s oppressive policies would be brought to nought.

PH opening the door to BN component parties would be unacceptable for the voters who voted for PH. And we can also safely assume that those voters who had voted for the state BN parties would not want it either. Such an arrangement, at all levels, undermines and subverts the will of Sarawak’s voters at large.

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Accepting the BN component parties into their coalition must be avoided at all costs. For the last 60 years, Malaysia has never had a formidable opposition party. Since the BN has lost the federal government to PH in the recent general election, BN should play their role as an opposition to provide good system of checks and balances.

Malaysia – Sarawak in particular – needs a competent, honest, transparent, people-friendly and people-centred government. Just as important, and at the same time, there is a necessity for an equally qualified opposition to safeguard our democracy. Malaysia needs to work towards a two-party multi-racial system, just like in other developed nations. The result of the just concluded general election is a natural progression towards such a system.

Endorsed by:

  • Save Sarawak Rivers Network (Save Rivers)
  • Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)
  • Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia)
  • Persatuan Dayak Sarawak (Pedas)
  • Jaringan Tanah Hak Adat Bangsa Asal Sarawak (Tahabas)
  • Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia (Brimas)
  • Gerakan Anak Sarawak (Gasak)
  • Sarawak Indigenous Lawyers Alliance (Sila)
  • Persatuan Masyarakat Tering Miri (PMTM)
  • Building Indigenous Initiatives and Heritage (BIIH)
  • Rise of Sarawak Efforts (Rose)
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Ross Chow

PBB is the sarawakian equivalent of umno. These ppl who amassed billions n billions must be prosecuted. Unless they can prove they struck the lottery in the sarawkian jungle.

Mohamed Amin Tar Mohamed

Nobody asked you to join PH .. syiok sendiri ka?

Steven Ong

Do not let rotten eggs contaminate the good ones !!!

Leong Fok Meng

But the pek moh is a very tough nut…it wont be easy

Hans YG

Yes !! Keep up the pressure !

Krishna Singh

The next state elections in Sarawak will change the equation.

Lim Oon Tin

Get back all the corruption money from ALL THOSE YEARS OF LAND GRAB AND TIMBER. FOR SARAWAKIAN
AND USE IT FOR DEVELOPING ALL REMOTE AREAS WITH ROADS CLINICHOSPTALS SCHOOLS AND POTABLE WATER AND ELECTRICITY.
BENEFIT ALL THE RAKYAT OF. THE STATE THAN ONLY ONE FAMILY., IF USA CAN IMPEACH A PRESIDENT SO WHY CANNOT A GOVERNOR.??

Tana Balan

No no NO

Leong Fok Meng

Bravo ! Very GOOD decision – we didn’t throw out bn just to accept them back in again….NEVER !!