DAP Sarawak appears to be on Cloud 9 after last weeks P212 victory in the byelections. Now the State committee has even come out with 9 Points to lead the PR 4 coalition in its ‘war”against BN4. A few days ago Pakatan has also adopted “Sarawaks football very own 90s War Cry -Ngap Sayot.
Today DAP Sarawak has issued a manifesto called “Sarawak for Change – The Sibu Declaration” On one hand they are also copying and using a famous chant from the terraces similar to Singapores Kallang Roar with Sarawaks very own “Ngap Sayot”
Lest we forget to tell them “It also had the BlackCat as the mascot and it had also the 3 mysterious rings circling and floating above the round bowl of water..??”. Will Pakatan adopt some kind of ‘PEOPLE MAGIC…??” Will we know..?? Or will there be another similar ” Joan of Arc” personality leading the charge..??
DAP with its Enough is Enough will be hoping that its a new future for Sarawak and Malaysia. BN will surely counter the 9 Points manifesto and it will be up to the Peoples Power to see who will still lead the State after the next Sarawak State Elections. DAP will need to work hard and not to take one victory as a signal for Peoples Trust on them. The bubble will also burst and BN will also not take it lying down after losing P212 Sibu.
The main points raised in the declaration were:
1. Good governance = no more Taib
“Taib’s family through Cahaya Mata Sarawak (CMS) and other crony companies control the most lucrative contracts and businesses, impoverishing the rakyat while making life difficult for small businesses.”
Stressing that Taib will have been in office for three decades by next year, the declaration promises good governance, adding, “It’s time that we take the mandate back from Taib and herald a new era of reform and rejuvenation for Sarawak.”
2. Equal partnership
The party promises equal partnership in political coalition and in federal-state relations. They contrast Sarawak BN whose “sole purpose … is to prop up Taib’s empire. Nationally, resource-rich Sarawak has been given a raw deal.”
3. CAT governance
The DAP promises belief in the principles of ‘Competency, Accountability and Transparency’ (CAT) governance.
“We listen and engage with all citizens, not just those with the money. Less corruption means more for everyone. Sarawak is rich.
“By having open tender to all government procurements, timber extraction licenses and alienation of state lands for commercial and plantation purposes, all Sarawakians will be richer.”
4. Senior citizens’ bonus
“When DAP and Pakatan Rakyat become the Government of Sarawak, all Sarawakians above 60 years of age will receive a minimum of RM400 per annum in appreciation of their contribution to the state.”
5. Hardcore poverty
The declaration promises “an annual RM 80 million allocation from the State budget will be set up to eradicate hardcore poverty in Sarawak.”
The DAP also promises “all schools regardless of background will be given allocations according to needs as practised in Penang, Selangor and Kelantan,” should they take over the state government.
7. Oil royalty
“Pakatan Rakyat National Common Policy Platform commits to provide Sarawak 20 percent in oil royalties from Petronas, instead of the current 5 percent, if Pakatan Rakyat wins federal power.”
8. Land reform
It also promises, should Pakatan assume state government, “all NCR land will be surveyed and titles (communal and individual) issued while all expiring leases will be unconditionally renewed. With lands accessible to the people and not cronies, we believe that the great economic potential of Sarawak will be unleashed.”
9. Investing in the future
The final declaration vows to pay “serious attention” to the flood problems in the state, as well as invest in “human capital and infrastructure,” promising free WiFi to “move Sarawak into a knowledge state.”