Azmin: PKR not mere ‘West Malaysian’ party

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Sarawakians should consider PKR because it can fight for their interests at local and federal levels, instead of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) which is a state-based party, said PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

“We can help Sarawak fight for the increase of 20 percent in oil royalty; we can influence the policies of the federal government such as goods and service tax (GST), civil service appointments, transfer of teachers, religious issues, and so on.

“PBB being a state party has no power over these issues,” Azmin said.

His remarks came in the wake of Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s statement telling Sarawakians not to vote for PKR, DAP and PAS as these parties are peninsula-based.

“You should put a stop labelling us as a ‘West Malaysian’ party which will ‘conquer’ Sarawak. All these talks are rubbish,” he said at the launch of Mambong PKR division service centre in Siburan yesterday.

This is his first visit to Sarawak after being appointed as Selangor Menteri Besar last year. His three day visit will include a visit to Miri.

Azmin also told the multi-racial gathering that West Malaysians who came to Sarawak will not to contest as candidates in the state.

“I come to Sarawak not because I want to be a candidate, but I want to help Sarawak.

“The real colonial masters are in Umno, who want to control Sarawak,” he said.

The real colonial masters

He noted that 80 percent of civil servants in the federal departments are West Malaysians, and only 20 percent are Sarawakians.

Similarly, 80 percent of teachers are from Peninsula, while 20 percent are Sarawakians, he said, adding that these were Umno policies.

“Are there no Sarawakians who are qualified to hold posts in the federal departments in Sarawak?” he said.

He said PKR has been fighting for the rights of natives in customary land cases, unlike PBB and BN which have eroded such land rights.

Azmin said the party is set for to upset BN’s stronghold on the state in the upcoming state elections are now in “fifth gear”.

“We are ready to face the election even if it is to be held next month,” he said.

He also announced that PKR will contest the three Dayak-Bidayuh majority state seats of Mambong, Serembu and Tarat in the Puncak Borneo parliamentary constituency.

He said that the party has identified its candidates.

Source : Malaysiakini