PM says Sarawak is a region, not a state

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK has been described as a region in Malaysia rather than a state in the federation of Malaysia.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said calling Sarawak a “region” sets it apart from other states in Malaysia.

“From now on, we should not forget that Sarawak is a ‘region’, ‘wilayah’. I feel like it is a great region. I can’t say it’s a state because it’s big though the population is not big,” he said.

“This is Sarawak, you have unity in diversity regardless of your race and background. Sarawak is an example for Malaysia where unity in diversity is upheld,” he said at a luncheon with GPS leaders here, reports Borneo Post.

His remark comes at a time when Sarawak has been pushing to restore its rights in accordance with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

The hot button issue is one that is frequently played by political parties in Sarawak as the state gears up for its election.

The state is due to hold its election anytime this year, with most expecting it after the Emergency ends in August.