“Sarawakians Only in DUN Sarawak”

Simple says a Sarawak Registered Voter,”Kamek mau urang Sarawak Jak!!”

That basically sums up the Bill where both sides of the political divide debated and made their points heard.

However,to the layman and the Sarawak Voters they will have the final say in the ballot boxes who they will vote for.

It’s basically in their hands to Exercise Their Democratic Right of who they want to represent their constituencies.

The Ruling Government of the day has passed the Bill in the DUN which augers well for the future of Sarawak.

What is good for our Future generations is good for us says the voter.

{Extracted from an online portal with Thanks}

The Sarawak legislative assembly today passed a bill to amend the state’s constitution to define a “resident in the state” and lower the age at which a person can contest in a state election from 21 to 18.

The Constitution of the State of Sarawak (Amendment) Bill 2020 was passed by majority vote after the third reading.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who tabled the bill, said only Sarawak-born citizens and Sarawak citizens born outside the state (to parents, one of whom must be born in the state) and normally reside in the state, are qualified for election to the state assembly.

“With the passing of the bill, people with no Sarawakian connection either by birth or the birth of their parents and do not normally reside in Sarawak will be disqualified,” he said.

Karim said the term “normally resident” had been judicially defined to connote “residence with some degree of continuity and apart from accidental or temporary absences”.

“That degree of continuity should be demonstrated, for instance, by having a house, a family, or a place of work in Sarawak.

“Therefore, a Sarawak-born person would not be qualified to stand for election after this amendment if he is already a resident outside the state or permanently resides outside the state or in a foreign country like Australia,” he said.

He also said he had withdrawn the bill tabled on Monday so that the people would not be confused by the opposition as to the real intent and objective of the amendment to Article 16 of the State Constitution.

I tabled a new bill (today) which would remove any ambiguity as to the definition of a ‘resident’ in the state,” he said.

He said the state government was concerned that based on previous judicial interpretation, any non-Sarawakian from other states, residing in the state by reason of having work permits, or serving in the federal public service, police or armed forces, would be qualified to stand in Sarawak elections.

“We do not want people from outside Sarawak to meddle in our affairs and play any role in determining the destiny of our state.

“Our policy is to ensure that Sarawak’s interests must be safeguarded by Sarawakians, and outsiders should not come with their brand of politics that would destabilise our state and affect the harmony and unity of our people.

“We also want to prevent potential infiltration by non-Sarawakians and those who are not living permanently in Sarawak from seeking election to the august house and claim to be representing the people of Sarawak,” he said.