KUALA LUMPUR: Negotiations on devolution of powers from Putrajaya to Sarawak were fruitful as they were made between the state government and Federal Government, which are led by the same party, Barisan Nasional, said Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang.
He said on that principle, the people in Sarawak had been urged to give a huge mandate to the state government led by Chief Minister Adenan Satem in the coming state election to ensure the path of negotiations remained open.
“If the negotiations were made with other parties, the claims will not be entertained,” he said as quoted by Bernama, when debating the motion of thanks on the royal address at the Dewan Rakyat today.
The first phase of negotiations between Sarawak and Putrajaya saw the Federal Government agreeing to grant 13 administrative powers to the state government.
Prior to this, Adenan was reported as saying that the second phase of negotiations would involve the state’s rights and the third related to its financial management.
Ahmad Lai said the devolution of powers would smoothen further various administrative matters and processes in making decisions at state level for faster implementation without having to go through many levels of bureaucracy.
He also stressed that the claim for administrative powers was not an attempt to take Sarawak out of Malaysia but only to claim existing rights that had not been reviewed.