A close friend remarked: “I’d rather us stay in the Federation but maintaining the autonomy”. And then the question popped into mind: am I pro-Federation or pro-Independence? Am I a No or a Yes? (No to Independence, Yes to Separation a la the Scottish Referendum).
In my early 20s, I am not ashamed to say I am pro-Independence. I would love to see Sarawak as an independent nation, as opposed to autonomous region, within the Commonwealth of Nations. Having our own President, Senate and House of Representatives, as well as judicial systems.
However since 2009, I noticed a slight change in my tone. Rather than focusing purely on secessionist ideals, I remain true to my nationalist ideals. Sarawak for Sarawakians in its economic and practical sense.
Sarawak for Sarawakians can continue to resonate in the Federation. Instead of a battle cry for independence, it should be used as a battle cry for advancement.
Stop reliance and dependency on Putrajaya-Kuala Lumpur.
“Sarawak for Sarawakians”, to me carry many meanings.
One of which is the onus to develop the region and community lies 100% on us Sarawakians. Like any economy, market or community, those making up its population is the source of growth. Thinking that the government or the bureaucracy pioneers progress is either misleading or wrong.
I believe in a Government with limited functions. Less intervention. Reduce the tentacles to reduce the burden on the taxpayers. Things like defense, alienation of land, planning of land needs the facilitation of the