Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem says his main concern is to ensure Sarawakian receive similar treatment as their fellow citizens in Peninsular Malaysia.
“I don’t want the various Dayak ethnic groups to be called ‘lain-lain’ and neither do I want the present generation Chinese in the state to be called ‘pendatang’, he reiterated when officiating at the launching ceremony of Sejiwa Senada programme here yesterday.”
The Chinese in Sarawak are from the second, third or fourth generations and their forefathers had died and buried here more 100 years ago, he said, explaining that it was improper to consider them as ‘pendatang’ now.
He was glad that Sarawakians had no racial problem as the people respected each other like brothers and sisters.
“Racial and religious harmony is at its best in the state and should be an example for the Peninsular Malaysians to emulate.”
Malaysia is generally acknowledged as one of the most peaceful places in the world but among the states in the country Sarawak is the best, he added.
On the share of development, Adenan wanted Sarawak to be given its fair share and what is available in Peninsular Malaysia should be extended to Sarawak as well.
For instance, when they have North-South Highway there we wanted the same thing here, hence I am very glad that the federal government had approved the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway linking Sarawak and Sabah.
Touching on GST, Adenan said that it was a decision of the federal government which had nothing to do with the state government. -BP
Nevertheless, he would look into ways to help the people cope with the high cost of living caused by various factors including the implementation of GST, he assured.