Sarawak politicians negotiating gifts from God

Increased oil and gas royalty rates means more money to the state and for the state to use. The state needs to reap the benefits from its natural resources, which Chief Minister  Tan Sri Adenan Satem describes as the ‘gifts from God’. Adenan needs all the support from all Sarawakians to get the best deal in his negotiations on this matter from the federal government.

Basically, Sarawak is fighting this battle alone. Yes, there are other oil and gas producing states in the federation, but because of the way politics and administartion are structured in this country, the chance that Sarawak is going to get the support from these states is very little.

Unlike in Sarawak, the Menteri Besar and the Chief Ministers in other states in Malaysia are appointed by the president of the party that is in power at the national level. This means that, except for Adenan, all the Menteri Besar and the Chief Minister in UMNO or BN-controlled states are appointed by the Prime Minister, who is also UMNO president.

In contrast, in Canada and Australia for example, state leaders or State Premiers or Chief Ministers are not appointed by the Prime Minister or the national party leader.

In Canada and Australia, state leaders or State Premiers or Chief Ministers are elected by the delegates at the party’s conference at the state level, similar to what UMNO, MCA and MIC have in Malaysia, albeit at the federal level only.

In Malaysia, state leaders in Semenanjung and in Sabah do not have to worry about facing the delegates at the state level party conferences.

In Canada, a Conservative party Premier in Ontario may not always agree with a Conservative party Prime Minister at the national level.  He may not have the same ideas, the same approaches, the same styles, the same modes or the same techniques to be employed to solve, tackle or address the same issues affecting the people, as the Prime Minister.

State leaders in Canada need to think of their states first if they are going to survive the next delegates’ conference.

In Malaysia, all the Menteri Besar or the Chief Ministers need to do is to agree with the party president or the Prime Minister and their jobs are relatively safe.

In Canada if the Conservative Prime Minister is doing something that is detrimental to the interests of Ontario, the Ontario Conservative Premier may not support him at the party’s national conference or in some policy areas.

Unlike the conservative party leaders at the state level in Canada, Adenan will find it difficult to get the support from other state leaders, even from the leaders of the oil and gas producing states.

What this means is this: Adenan is going to negotiate alone. Sarawakians have to realise and understand this, and this is why we cannot leave him alone in this battle. – SARAWAKVOICE.COM