PRESS STATEMENT 8 SEPTEMBER 2012
DR MAHATHIR’S MUST BE JOKING.
The blatant statement by Dr Mahathir asking the people of Sarawak and Sabah to be patient perfectly demonstrates to the peoples in Sarawak and Sabah what the BN government thinks of us.
We are regarded as the ignorant and unquestioning fixed deposit states that are in this country to be milked dry to fund the excessive spending crazes in the West.
We have been patient for 49 years! How many more years does this old man thinks he can fool us to wait?
What does he mean by saying ‘Just be patient and wait for the resources to be extracted and soon your earnings (and development) will increase’?
UMNO and BN have been making huge ‘withdrawals’ from our oil and gas resources via Petronas for over 30 years now, while giving the rakyat of Sarawak and Sabah crumbs to keep us quiet. I wish to ask him in his capacity as Petronas advisor what Petronas has been doing in Sabah and Sarawak all these years if not extracting our precious resources. I wish to ask him as the former PM of Malaysia how much money from these precious resources of ours the government has taken for their lavish spending and crony bailouts in Peninsula Malaysia over the years while the Sarawak and her people continue to lag behind in all aspects.
Thus it is all the more outrageous that Dr Mahathir should say in his next breath, ‘In truth, I think that the development of Sabah and Sarawak has outstripped the peninsula. Sarawak has the highest foreign direct investment and Sabah has the largest reserves of petroleum in the country.”
As Chairman of PKR Sarawak, I challenge Dr. Mahathir to come to Sarawak and tell this to the people who still have no access to electricity, clean water, health care, education and jobs in the deepest reaches of sarawak. Tell this to the numerous families who have lost loved ones in accidents along our killer Pan-Borneo Highway. Tell this to the people who are now waking up to the fact that Sarawak has been taken for a ride all these years by the Federal BN government. Come to Sarawak, Tun, and say this to our faces.
Member of DUN for N70 Ba’ Kelalan