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Demand CM Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to explain why—under the latter’s watch—UMNO has been allowed to expand its sphere of influence in the state

It has been announced that more religious teachers from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah will be brought into Sarawak. I demand Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg to explain why—under the latter’s watch—UMNO has been allowed to expand its sphere of influence in the state.

Recently, the Minister of Education announced plans to deploy religious teachers from Peninsula Malaysia and Sabah to teach in Sarawak, citing the reason being the shortage of religious teachers in Sarawak. Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has agreed to this arrangement.

I wish to draw attention to the continual infiltration of West Malaysia influences in Sarawak: from the permission for RapidKL to operate within the state, to the high-handed seizures of pig-bristle paintbrushes, to the permission given to the Ministry of Education to bring in religious teachers from Peninsula Malaysia and Sabah.

The reason that has been given for the bringing in of religious teachers from outside Sarawak is due to the insufficient number of religious teachers in the state. Why is it that only in Sarawak do we experience a shortage of religious teachers?

Is it merely a coincidence that Sarawak alone faces a shortage of religious teachers, such that Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah can ‘export’ their religious teachers to Sarawak? Or is it because Sarawak remains the only state where UMNO extremism has yet to extend its reach?

Sarawak has always been viewed as a model state where the diverse ethnic groups live in harmony. Kuching is even referred to as the City of Unity. As such, it is imperative that any attempts to influence Sarawakians through extremist views be kept at bay.

If the late Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem had been still alive, he would never have allowed this continuous cozying up to UMNO. Since Abang Johari has affirmed his commitment to continue the legacy of Adenan Satem, he should fulfill his promise. His words and actions should match up!

Wong King Wei
SA for Padungan
Media statement by Wong King Wei in Kuching on Friday, 17th February 2017