We do it our way, Dr Rundi tells Sabah BN leaders

KUCHING: Sarawak has been silent for far too long and now it wants to be heard by Putrajaya in voicing the state’s needs, says Barisan Nasional (BN) secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi.

He said this in response to a statement by Sabah’s Minister of Tourism Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun that Sabah’s BN leaders would not emulate Sarawak leaders’ style in making their demand from the federal government, especially on the demand for 20 per cent oil royalty up from the current five per cent.

Dr Rundi said Sabah BN leaders should mind their own business and not interfere with Sarawak’s way of making its demands heard by Putrajaya.

“We have been silent for the past 50 years. But now we want to be heard as we realise that we have been left out from the fast pace of development taking place in Peninsular Malaysia,” Dr Rundi told theborneopost here yesterday.

He said by being vocal now did not mean that Sarawak leaders were like the opposition in making their demands.

“We are still in the same boat except that our approach has changed. Before, we used to whisper to get things done but it did not happen as we had planned and anticipated. So we have changed our way (in dealing with the federal leaders),” said the Assistant Minister of Public Utilities.

Meanwhile, PRS president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing said the difference between Sabah and Sarawak governments’ position was miles apart.

“In Sabah, Umno is dominant. So Datuk Seri Masidi and Sabah government have direct access to the prime minister. Hence, they have less problems.

“While Sarawak is governed by a coalition of four parties without Umno. So access to the prime minister is limited. Thus, Sarawak leaders, at times, need to shout to be heard and their complaints to be considered by prime minister,” said Masing. The Land Development Minister also pointed out that the loud demands of Sarawak leaders should not be equated with opposition politics in order to be heard by the prime minister.

“BN leaders must be matured enough to accept self-criticism in order to be better administrators of this nation. Sarawak leaders are not scared or embarrassed to point out where we have gone wrong. So please don’t judge Sarawak’s loyalty to Malaysia by the sound and volume of her complaints.

“It will be a big mistake if federal leaders tried to shut Sarawak demands by telling its leaders to shut up” Masing concluded.-Borneo Post

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