KUCHING: It is not impossible that a change of government during the next state polls could see the appointment of a non-Sarawakian as chief minister.
Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian warned that based on precedents in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, such a scenario could definitely happen in Sarawak if Pakatan Harapan (PH) were to form the state government in 2021.
He pointed to the recent appointment of DAP Sabah treasurer Loh Ee Eng as a nominated assemblyman despite the latter being a non-Sabahan.
“If you look at this case, the nominated assemblyman for Sabah is from Penang. So it’s no longer ‘Sabah for Sabahans’ but ‘Penang for Sabahan’,” quipped the SUPP president.
Dr Sim, who was met after officiating at SUPP’s 60th Anniversary Flag Raising Ceremony at the party’s headquarters, here yesterday, said should the decision be made to appoint a non-Sarawakian to become the state’s chief minister, there was nothing anyone could do to stop it from happening.
“What’s stopping it (appointment of non-Sarawakian) from being impossible? They (PH) have the majority – they control the federal government and if they control the state government, then we are finished. We ‘tengok sahaja’ (cannot do anything).
“Sabah has already started by appointing a nominated assemblyman who originates from Penang. It’s as if there are no Sabahans qualified for the position,” he said.
He went on to say that to protect and safeguard the state’s rights, the people need to fully support Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), which is a state-based coalition unlike PH.
According to Dr Sim, when SUPP, PBB, PRS and PDP were part of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, whatever they did required consensus at a national level.
“Previously, when we want to fight for Sarawak, they (BN) said we cannot just focus on Sarawak. But now that we are a state coalition, whatever we need to fight for the state, we will fight all the way because our focus is Sarawak first.”
Meanwhile, when told that PH has formed a committee under PKR Sarawak chairman Baru Bian to prepare for the next state election, Dr Sim said it was nothing new as GPS component parties have always done so for the same purpose.
“It is not about forming committees because you want to build up and look at your track record, your sincerity and whether or not you keep your promises,” he said.