Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 1.3.2014.
DAP congratulates 70 year old Adenan Satem for being appointed as Sarawak’s fifth chief minister after taking his oath of office before Yang Dipertua Negeri Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Barieng yesterday. Even though Adenan is taking over from the longest serving Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who held the post for 33 years, Adenan can make his mark by resolving 3 major issues.
One, ensuring Sarawak has a fair share of its own natural resources by getting the BN Federal government to increase the oil and gas royalties from the present 5% to 20%. Increasing royalty payments would help Sarawak to enjoy as good a highway and basic infrastructure as in Peninsular Malaysia.
Two, ensuring the implementation of the BN 2013 General Election manifesto by abolishing the cabotage policy to ensure that Sabahans and Sarawakians pay the same price for goods and services as their Peninsular Malaysians counterparts. It is grossly unjust and downright economically discriminatory that one year has elapsed since March 5th 2013 and yet Sarawakians are still paying higher for the same good or services than those from Peninsular Malaysian state. Sadly the promise in the 2013 Barisan Nasional manifesto of “One Malaysia, One Price” remains an empty promise.
Three, uplift poverty so that Sarawak breaks out from the vicious poverty cycle as the third poorest state in Malaysia. Many rural villages do not even enjoy basic amenities of water, electricity and health services. Despite having the 2nd highest GDP per capita in Malaysia at RM33,000, the Social Statistics Bulletin records that Sarawak has only 7 rural clinics out of 212 government run health facilities.
Sarawak also have the 2nd highest number of workers with no formal education after Sabah, accounting for 22.6% out of the national total. Together with those who only have primary education, they make up 35.4% of the national workforce who are considered functionally illiterate as classified by the World Bank. If Adenan can resolve these 3 major issues for Sarawak, his era will be a more significant one than the longest serving Chief Minister in Malaysian history.
Lim Guan Eng
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