In his first visit to Sarawak as the Chairman of Pakatan Harapan, this political program was hosted by DAP Sarawak, Dr Mahathir admitted that he did nothing to rectify Sarawak’s rights particularly on oil matters and pointed his fingers at the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein administration and his son, the present Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak. Lest we forget, Dr Mahathir has led the nation’s administration for 22 years.
In the presence of the people of Sarawak who turned out to be DAP supporters, excuses given by Dr Mahathir on why Sarawak was neglected and even during his tenure as the Prime Minister rooted from the Petroleum Development Act 1974 initiated by Tun Razak. This Act empowers state-owned Petronas to carry out oil exploration throughout the country. Without a doubt, this Act is not erroneous when such a small country like Malaysia would have multiple companies in oil exploration and indeed it is not cost-effective.
The hard fact of the Act dispute for 22 long years that all Malaysians are aware and DAP knew even better was when the sources of Petronas revenue were spent arbitrarily by Dr Mahathir for Putrajaya, KLCC, F1 Sepang and all his mega projects including saving his son’s and cronies’ ailing companies. It is justified and remains intact in Lim Kit Siang’s archive blog titled “Call for a public inquiry on how the half-a-trillion ringgit contributed by Petronas to government past 33 years and the RM15.2 billion ringgit royalty to Terengganu from 2000-2009 have been properly spent and accounted for”.
In fact, as reported by The Borneo Post on 30 Jan 2015, DAP Sarawak Chief and Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen has suggested that Dr Mahathir should just entertain and play with his grandchildren rather than busy interfering with Sarawak affairs when the State Legislative Assembly passed a resolution on the 20 percent oil royalty in May 2014.
In his own words, Chong Chieng Jen cited that, “He ( Dr Mahathir) has a large role to play in causing the economic hardship that Sarawak is in today after all the multi-billion Petronas Twin Towers which was implemented during his time”.
Not only Dr Mahathir is fond of lying with his selective double-talks, DAP has also surfaced their hypocritical stance without any bit of guilt and shame even to his supporters. Unfortunately, the people of Sarawak are also not easily fooled as what are expected by Dr Mahathir and DAP.
As we can see the response from netizens and in particular from East Malaysia, DAP leaders who praised Dr Mahathir’s presence in Sarawak are not welcome even by their own members. There are comments that called Kit Siang and DAP to recollect what were said about Dr Mahathir and his 22 years in power for deliberately treating Sarawakians and Sabahans with discrimination and as though they are worthless.
There are those who compared his 22 years of Dr Mahathir’s administration to PM Najib’s 9 years when the latter has given his utmost attention to East Malaysia. Among others, not only they are granted with free toll highway, PM Najib has also lifted cabotage policy that was introduced by Dr Mahathir and during those years, his eldest son was in the shipping business.
Should Tun Razak and his son DS Najib are at fault to the people of Sarawak, it was because duly to Tun Razak’s insistence to bring back Dr Mahathir to UMNO and suggesting him to helm the Deputy Prime Minister when Tun Hussein was the Prime Minister. Meanwhile, DS Najib’s mistake was when has given his full support to Dr Mahathir when he nearly stumbled against Ku Li in UMNO election for the president post. Thus, for as long as he was the UMNO President and the Prime Minister, for that 22 years, Sarawak and Sabah were abandoned.
When PM Najib Razak is correcting Dr Mahathir’s 22 years damages which are clearly claimed by Kit Siang, Chong Chieng Jen and DAP, will Sarawakians and Sabahans easily buy Dr Mahathir’s promises to renegotiate and recorrect his mistakes or is Dr Mahathir only interested to be in power? Make no mistake, all will be back to square one should Dr Mahathir is back to power.
Hence, the new deal and new hope for Sarawakians are mere to retain old bid for false hope.