S4S collects 300,000 signatures seeking Sarawak’s autonomy

John, flanked by Tan (left) and Liew (right), making a point on the S4S movement.

John, flanked by Tan (left) and Liew (right), making a point on the S4S movement.

KUCHING: Sarawak For Sarawakians (S4S) has achieved its target of collecting signatures from 10 per cent of the state’s population of 2.6 million by Dec 31, 2015.

The signature campaign is to seek Sarawak’s autonomy as promised in the Malaysia Agreement.

Its spokesperson Peter John Jaban said that they had collected 300,000 signatures to date.

He said the 300 books containing the signatures would be sent to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem before the next state election.

Speaking at a press conference at a hotel here yesterday, he said this was a clear message to both the federal and state governments that Sarawakians wanted to stand up for their rights and would not settle for anything less.

He acknowledged that the Chief Minister had talked a lot about autonomy and oil royalty to the federal government.

“This is a good beginning but he must now show signs that he plans to see it through to the end. He (Adenan) must take his talk to the federal government and show Sarawakians some real progress,” he said.

He thanked the volunteers of S4S throughout the state for getting the signatures.

At the same time, he declared that he would not stand in the next election or in the future.

“I am committed to the S4S movement and to ensure that it meets its objectives and that we will have our autonomy and sovereignty,” he asserted.

He reminded that S4S is a ‘People’s Movement’ to voice the rights of Sarawakians and is not a platform for anyone to pursue their political agenda.

Also present at the press conference were S4S supporters Robert Liew and KC Tan.