Press Statement by YAB Dato’ Menteri Besar Selangor

PRESS RELEASE

30 APRIL 2016

The Chief Minister of Sarawak has said that “he is willing to consider extending both the Chief Minister of Penang and Menteri Besar of Selangor’s stay here” upon receiving our formal request.

Such a statement is most regrettable and shows the utter lack of respect on Tan Sri Adnan Satem’s part towards our office as Chief Minister and Menteri Besar respectively.

I can understand that this is election season and in politics a leader has to do whatever that is legally permissible to secure final victory for his party. However, in taking this arrogant stand towards his fellow Malaysian leaders, Tan Sri Adnan Satem has crossed the line and exposed himself as being reckless in the use of his executive power.

I would like to remind Tan Sri Adnan that if he thinks that in acting in this fashion, he is making a stand on autonomy then he has seriously lost touch with reality.

Autonomy is about getting back the rights and privileges and a fair share of what is due to the people of Sarawak and ensuring that they are not oppressed in any way whether it is from the Federal Government or from its own State Government.

Autonomy is about letting the people of Sarawak decide what is best for them within the context of the Federation of Malaysia and would certainly include freedom from exploitation by leaders and political parties be they from the peninsula or from Sabah or Sarawak.

The truth of the matter is that Sarawak, under the Barisan Nasional government, has long compromised their autonomy and sold out the people of Sarawak.

Banning or restricting me and my colleagues from KEADILAN and DAP will not wash away the sins and wrongs of the BN leaders: 25 Members of Parliament from BN Sarawak have supported GST in the parliament, Sarawak BN government has done so little to scrap the cabotage policy, and unable to secure sufficient federal allocation to improve the rural healthcare and education system.

These are the issues closer to the heart of any Sarawakian and a government who claims to preserve the autonomy of Sarawak should place high priority to them rather than behaving high and mighty in banning and restricting entrance under the façade of maintaining autonomy.

The people of Sarawak are entitled to have a free and fair state election and this includes their right to choose – without unnecessary hindrance and inconvenience – who they want to listen to and how and with whom they would want to conduct their campaigns.

This brazen discrimination against leaders of the Federal opposition from the peninsula and the blatant bias in favour of UMNO-BN leaders is therefore also a violation of the rights of the electorate of the state of Sarawak who have a legitimate expectation of a level playing field in the coming elections.

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI

KENYATAAN MEDIA

30 APRIL 2016

Ketua Menteri Sarawak berkata beliau “bersedia mempertimbang untuk melanjutkan tempoh kehadiran Menteri Besar Selangor dan Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang di sini” jika menerima permohonan rasmi.

Kenyataan ini amat dikesali dan menunjukkan sikap tidak hormat terang-terangan Tan Sri Adenan Satem terhadap kedudukan Menteri Besar dan Ketua Menteri.

Saya maklum yang sekarang ini merupakan musim pilihan raya. Maka dalam politik, seorang ketua perlu melakukan apa-apa jua tindakan yang dibenarkan undang-undang bagi memastikan kemenangan partinya.

Namun, pendirian bongkak lagi angkuh Tan Sri Adnan Satem ini melangkaui batas dan menzahirkan wajah sebenarnya sebagai pemimpin yang menggunakan kuasa eksekutifnya secara melulu.

Mesej saya kepada Tan Sri Adenan, jika inilah caranya beliau menegaskan pendiriannya tentang autonomi Sarawak, beliau nampaknya tidak lagi berpijak di bumi yang nyata.

Jika mahu menyatakan pendirian tentang hak autonomi Sarawak, Tan Sri Adenan sewajarnya menumpukan usaha menuntut kembali hak dan keistimewaan rakyat Sarawak yang sewajarnya diterima mereka dari Putrajaya.

Beliau juga perlu memastikan rakyat Sarawak tidak lagi ditindas dalam apa-apa jua cara sama ada oleh Kerajaan Persekutuan atau Kerajaan Negeri.

Autonomi bermaksud mengupayakan rakyat Sarawak untuk membuat keputusan tentang perkara yang terbaik buat mereka dalam kerangka Persekutuan Malaysia.

Dan ia tentu sekali termasuk kebebasan daripada eksploitasi pemimpin politik tidak kiralah dari Semenanjung atau Sabah dan Sarawak.

Hakikatnya, Sarawak telah terlalu lama bertolak ansur tentang autonomi mereka dan menggadaikan rakyat Sarawak di bawah kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Tindakan menghalang atau memendekkan tempoh kemasukan saya dan rakan-rakan dari KEADILAN dan DAP tidak akan menyucikan noda dan salahlaku pemimpin-pemimpin BN.

25 orang Ahli Parlimen mereka menyokong GST di Parlimen, BN Sarawak melakukan sedikit sahaja usaha dalam menghapuskan terus polisi kabotaj, dan mereka juga telah lama gagal mendapatkan peruntukan mencukup dari Kerajaan Persekutuan bagi memperbaiki sistem pendidikan dan kesihatan luar bandar.

Isu-isu ini amat dekat di hati rakyat Sarawak dan kerajaan yang mendakwa mengekalkan autonomi Sarawak perlu meletakkan keutamaan tinggi kepada perkara ini.

BN Sarawak wajar menjauhi sikap hidung tinggi dalam menghalang dan mengekang kemasukan ke negeri itu atas alasan mengekalkan autonomi.

Rakyat Sarawak layak melalui proses pilihan raya beraih dan adil. Justeru, perkara ini meliputi hak mereka memilih sesiapa yang mereka percaya, cara serta personaliti yang akan berkempen di sana – tanpa sebarang halangan mahupun rintangan.

Diskriminasi sewenang-wenangnya terhadap pemimpin-pemimpin pembangkang Persekutuan dari Semenanjung dan sikap pilih kasih terang-terangan terhadap pemimpin UMNO-BN ini satu pencabulan terhadap hak-hak pengundi negeri Sarawak.

Rakyat Sarawak pastinya menaruh harapan bahawa satu persaingan yang adil akan terlaksana dalam pilihan raya ini.

DATO’ SERI MOHAMED AZMIN ALI