KUCHING: A former senior Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member believes Chief Minister Adenan Satem is the best person to deal with Putrajaya when it comes to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
It doesn’t matter how he does it (compliance), said Peter Minos in an opinion piece in the Borneo Post.
He recalled that a great leader – Deng Zhiao Peng – had once stressed that “it doesn’t matter whether a cat was black, or white, as long as it catches mice”.
He was commenting on Adenan reportedly “back-peddling” after pledging to introduce a comprehensive motion in the Sarawak Assembly on state rights.
Minos believed however that “diplomacy” was the best option for Sarawak to regain its rights and for the state government to get back its power from the Federal Government.
In returning to what the great Chinese leader once said, Minos said it did not matter how long Adenan took (on MA63) as long as he did it.
If it can be done, as Adenan said, without confrontation with the Federal Government, why not, asked Minos.
He also said he did not think Adenan was “back-peddling” on state rights by not tabling the comprehensive motion.
“Let us exhaust the cooperation and diplomacy options first,” said Minos.
He said dealing with the Federal Government, and getting things done, was not easy as some may imagine.
It’s certainly not a walk in the park, as opposition-held states like Penang, Selangor and Kelantan have experienced, he pointed out.
“They can shout and bark openly and loudly, even very bravely, but they cannot force Kuala Lumpur to do their bidding,” he said.
He urged Sarawakians to continue supporting the chief minister to fight for Sarawak’s rights and powers as spelt out in MA63.
He reminded the cynics and critics that “none of us in Sarawak can do it any better than Adenan”. -FMT