KUCHING – Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has denied allegation that he is supposedly anti federal leaders and people from the peninsula.
According to him, what he stood for was equality for all Malaysians, including the state and the people of Sarawak.
“I am anti inequality, not anti leaders of the federal government and people of the peninsula,” he said during the ‘Bersama Ketua Menteri Sarawak’ (With the Sarawak Chief Minister) programme aired live over TV1 from the Kuching Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) P. Ramlee Auditorium here last night.
Adenan said what he was fighting for was to get Sarawak’s devolution of power as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement signed in 1963.
In addition, he wanted Sarawak to receive similar development to that enjoyed by states in the peninsula.
He also reiterated that he had no intention to bring Sarawak out of Malaysia, describing such an action as stupid.
On the coming Sarawak state election, Adenan who is also state Barisan Nasional chairman, said he was confident Barisan Nasional (BN) could win with a big majority.
Later when met by reporters after the programme, he confirmed that the BN would nominate some incumbents who are now with the United People’s Party (UPP) and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) – the two BN friendly parties.
“What is important is that we want a candidate who can win, regardless from where, including candidates from Teras and UPP,” he said.
The coming Sarawak election will witness 82 seats being contested, including 11 new seats up for grabs by the BN component parties.