‘Chinese community backs S’wak govt in fight for state’s rights, autonomy’

Posted on : 12 Oct 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post Online

Wee (fourth right) presents a calligraphy painting as a token of appreciation to Abang Johari while Uggah (fourth left), Fatimah (third left), Dr Sim (second left), Lee (third right), Ko (fifth right) and others look on. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: The Chinese community will give its undivided support to the Sarawak government in its fight for the restoration of rights and autonomy for the state.

In stating this, Federation of Chinese Associations of Kuching, Samarahan and Serian Divisions president Dato Richard Wee said it is the duty and responsibility of Sarawakians to preserve Sarawak’s culture and protect the state’s rights.

He expressed confidence that all Sarawakians are as determined as Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in his steadfast and resolute quest in this great cause for the state, all Sarawakians and its future generation.

To drive awareness of Sarawak’s fight for its rights, Wee pointed out that the association will be organising a series of talks, dialogues and seminars on the subject of Sarawak’s autonomy and rights for all its members as well as the public.

“This is an awareness campaign for all Sarawakians, young and old, to better understand the background and history of MA63 and the important role that Sarawak played in the formation of Malaysia,” he said at the closing ceremony of the Chinese Cultural Symposium which was officiated by the chief minister at Thian Court here yesterday.

During the ceremony, Wee presented Abang Johari with a resolution and memorandum which aimed to further solidify the deep-rooted unique Sarawak way of life and its heritage as well as to improve the livelihood of Sarawakians along with the caring society and people-centric policies of the Sarawak government.

He also touched on a few key points highlighted in the resolution and memorandum which were divided into two aspects; namely cultural and socio-economic.

Under the cultural aspect, the key points included the organising of ‘722 Unity Night’ annually by each of the major ethnic groups on rotational basis to foster connectivity and strengthen interactions among all races; encourage local scholars or researchers to intensify cultural studies and history of all races; to feature harmonious relationship between all races in Sarawak Cultural Village and Sarawak Museum; provide viable internet connectivity for cultural promotion; form an agency similar to the former ‘Borneo Cultural Bureau’ to publish, translate research papers and standardise translation on specific terminologies or names; and the use of English to remain as the second official language while at the same time preserve and develop the mother tongue of all races.

On the socio-economic aspect, Wee said the resolutions are to implement policies for the immediate benefit of the common people such as converting leasehold land for residential purpose to freehold with affordable fees and providing subsidies and/or free health and medical care to all Sarawakians regardless of race, and that government departments and agencies improve on their efficiency and effectiveness and cultivate transparency in handling any applications from the public.

“We hope that these resolutions will be incorporated in the agenda of the Sarawak Cultural Symposium to be held here in November.”

Also present at the ceremony were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Welfare, Community Well Being, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin, and Chinese Cultural Symposium organising committee chairman Pemanca Ko Wai Neng.