I am surprised that there is no strong reaction from both the Federal and Sarawak Barisan Nasional leaders to the shockingly unMalaysian statement by the PAS President Datuk Seri Hadi Awang that a Chinese or a non-Muslim bumiputera cannot be the Sarawak Chief Minister.
As the PAS President has become a close ally of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, even defending Najib’s RM50 billion 1MDB global financial scandal, why is Najib and caretaker Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem silent on Hadi’s shocking statement?
So far only the PBB Vice President and Deputy Minister for Rural and Regional Development Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi had expressed his outrage at Hadi’ statement, causing him to describe Hadi as “ignorant” and “stupid”.
But why are the heavyweights like Najib and Adenan silent on this important issue?
I have said that if DAP achieves our twin objective on Polling Day tomorrow of defending the 12 State Assembly seats won five years ago, and succeeds in making breakthroughs and victories among some of the 16 Dayak constituencies like Mulu, Murum, Samalaju, Kemena, Ngemah, Pakan, Tasik Biru, Mambong, Kedup, Bukit Semuja, Bukit Goram, Katibas, sending to the Sarawak State Assembly a strong team of Chinese, Dayak and Malay State Assembly representatives , then Sarawak DAP is ready to make the next Sarawak State General Election in 2021 a great battleground to end the six decades of Sarawak Barisan Nasional rule in Sarawak and its replacement by a new DAP or DAP-led Sarawak State Government.
When there is a new Sarawak State Government in the 12th Sarawak State General Election, there will be a new Sarawak Chief Minister (Adenan would have retired as he had asked for another term of five years as Sarawak Chief Minister, and he would be granted his wish on Polling Day tomorrow), and the most likely candidate as the new DAP Sarawak Chief Minister in 2021 would be a Dayak.
Is Sarawak Barisan Nasional opposed to the appointment of a Dayak Sarawak Chief Minister in the 2021 Sarawak state general election – for the first time in half a century since the appointment of two Iban Chief Ministers from 1963-1970, Stephen Kalong Ningkan and Tawi
Let us hear from the heavyweights in Barisan Nasional, both at federal and Sarawak state levels, whether they agree to the appointment of a non-Muslim bumiputra as Sarawak Chief Minister in 2021 or they share with Hadi grave objection to such an appointment?
(Speech at the DAP Sarawak General Election Ceramah in Miri on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 9 pm)