Julau MP questions motive for state Barisan’s leaders to have more power

Sng receiving a souvenir from a representative of Rumah Mary Ijit.

SIBU: Julau MP Larry Sng has expressed his reservations on the move by Sarawak Barisan Nasional to get the Federal government to cede more powers to the state coalition’s leaders.

Sng, who contested as an Independent candidate in GE14 and later joined Pakatan Harapan, posted on social media yesterday that he made the comment not because he does not love the state “but because I do not believe the majority of Barisan leaders in Sarawak have the interest of the people at heart.”

He said the people who were now championing for the return of the state’s rights as provided under Malaysia Agreement 1963 were those still hiding behind the very leaders who surrendered these rights in the first place.

“In exchange for unchecked powers to rule over Sarawak’s rich natural resources for decades, corruption has been institutionalised, injustice is present and those in power are untouchable. All this is well-documented in the Sarawak Report,” he said.

But with the country under Pakatan Harapan leadership now, the state would have its deserved share of power after the country is reformed – “where the rule of law is safeguarded, the corrupt is behind bars and checks and balances are in place.

“What Barisan could not deliver over 45 years of governance, we can,” he said.

In addition, Sng, as promised, started giving part of his MP allowance to NGOs and a longhouse in his constituency.

On Sunday, he gave RM5,000 to the newly formed Julau Develop­ment Community Association at the closing of the Gawai Dayak celebration. He gave RM20,000 to a longhouse, Rumah Mary Ijit.

He said in the interest of transparency, he would be posting the amount as well as the recipient of the government funds on his social media account.

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