CM: does not agree to the state’s secession from Malaysia

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Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said today the state government agreed with the sentiment expressed by the ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’ movement, but does not agree to the state’s secession from Malaysia.

He said it could not be denied that Malaysia had brought Sarawak and its people all the benefits over the years, although it might not be enough as expected today.

“We are still one country trying to improve everybody and let me say here that the state government agrees with the sentiment expressed by the ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’ movement but we do not agree to secession from the federation,” he said at a ceremony commemorating the history of Sarawak’s independence held at the compound of the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly building here.

Adenan said the state government would not entertain and approve that course of action, including referendum, as a way of getting there.

“We, however, believe in full autonomy for Sarawak under the constitution, we believe in devolution of more federal power to the state which we are now negotiating with the federal government,” he said, adding that a committee had been set up to look into the matter.

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