Asking is begging, Sarawak deserves more – political analyst

Sarawak has been fighting to restore its rights listed under MA63 which have been eroded over the years. (NST Pic)

By Emma Victoria

SARAWAK should be given more than federal cabinet positions.

A political analyst said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin must know how to take care of the interest of Sarawak as its 18 MPs had supported the latter to be the 8th Prime Minister.

Professor Dr Jayum Jawan Empaling said Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders should rethink their support if the federal government fails to fulfill the expectations of the people, in relation to the state’s interest.

“Asking is begging. Let Tan Sri Muhyiddin offer and if it is not enough, then rethink (their) support,” he told Borneo Post.

“It has come a time that talk is of little currency nowadays,” he added.

When asked if Sarawak could further pursue its rights by having GPS leaders in the federal cabinet, the political analyst doubted.

He said Sarawak used to have six federal ministers during the Barisan Nasional’s administration yet nothing much was done.

“What have they really done or achieved for Sarawak then?” he questioned.

Sarawak has been fighting for the interests, rights and position of Sarawak as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and Federal Constitution, which have been eroded over the years.

Among the demands included to increase the oil and gas royalties to 20 per cent as well as autonomous rights for its education and healthcare.