Did GPS quietly downgrade Sarawak’s status?

DAP Pending Assemblywoman Violet Yong. (DayakDaily Pic)

By Emma Victoria

DAP’s Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong today claimed that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) has quietly downgraded Sarawak’s status from one of the three founding territories of Malaysia, to that of a state.

She said a circular issued by the Sarawak Accountant dated Aug 15, 2019, had directed that all cheque payments to the state government must be issued to ‘Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak’ as the payee instead of ‘Sarawak Government’ as was done in the past, DayakDaily reported.

“I would like to call upon GPS to explain this. There’s no announcement pertaining to the changes and everyone has been kept in the dark over the issue,” she told a press conference in Kuching today.

She questioned if the Sarawak government has downgraded the state’s status from one of the three founding territories to one of the 13 states in Malaysia.

“GPS leaders have repeatedly said that Sarawak is not just a state or ‘Negeri’ but an equal partner to the formation of Malaysia. But now, they made the changes to the name of the cheque by adding ‘Negeri’.” 

She added that the act was in essence an erosion of rights enshrined under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), in particular to the status of English as the second official language of Sarawak.

“This has in fact downgraded Sarawak’s status. So, I urged them to retract the circular, immediately,” Yong stressed.

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2 thoughts on “Did GPS quietly downgrade Sarawak’s status?

  1. Sarawak same status as nine sultanates and two governorates in semenanjung? And sabah and sarawak are same status as semenanjung tanah melayu so thry have two-third majority and can disband Malaysia too??

  2. Nothing wrong as reference to Sarawak as a (soveregn) State. The word territory denotes that it has NOT achieved her soveregnty or independence.It must be understood that Sarawak n Sabah states are unlike any other 11 states in Peninsular Malaysia.

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