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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Kuching Declaration nothing more than politicking for coming polls


“I don’t know why they are raising the issue when we are celebrating the independence of our nation from colonial rule."

KUCHING: The Kuching Declaration unveiled by Pakatan Rakyat has been described as nothing more than politicking for the coming general election.

State Barisan Nasional secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi said Pakatan was only emulating what the Barisan had been doing all along, therefore, the declaration was unnecessary.

“Barisan has its own vision and our record is proven in developing the state.

“The declaration is all about politicking and Pakatan is emulating what we have been doing,” he told The Star.

Pakatan signed the declaration in conjunction with the Malaysia Day celebration during a gathering at Chong Lin Park here two days ago.

The declaration seeks to honour the spirit of the Malaysia Agreement of 1963 and contains six articles on equal partnership, fair repre-sentation through fair power sharing arrangement and the setting up of a Royal Commission to solve the perennial problem of illegal immigrants and citizenship.

It also seeks to set up Land Commissions to investigate, resolve, redress, survey and restore the native customary rights over land, endorse the appointment of Sarawakians and Sabahans to head the government departments in the respective states and to give them priority at Federal Government level functioning within the two states and raise the royalties on petroleum and hydrocarbon resources to Sarawak and Sabah to 20% from the present 5%.

It also delves into the subject of bringing the level of infrastructure development in both states up to par with Peninsular Malaysia.

Assistant Housing Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said Pakatan should not have politicised the issue when the nation was celebrating Malaysia Day.

“I don’t know why they are raising the issue when we are celebrating the independence of our nation from colonial rule.

“We should instead put politicking aside,” he said.
  

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