Note: Please take note that I am neutral on this issue and I’m only presenting the two sides of a coin.
It’s getting obvious that once in a while, on the streets of Kuching, we”ll see at least a car with the sticker “Sarawak for Sarawakians” or encounter someone wearing t-shirts printed with it. These people believe that Sarawak should be recognised as a sovereigned country instead of being a state under the flagship of Malaysia.
These people, when asked for reasons wearing the t-shirts, claimed that Sarawak has not been given a fair share of its wealth and that many parts of Sarawak are still under developed even after 51 years forming Malaysia. With that in mind, they wanted what was taken from Sarawak, to be given back to Sarawak. Furthermore, they wanted job opportunities in Sarawak to be given only to Sarawakians.
On the other hand, there were Sarawakians who disagreed with this idea. For them, it didn’t matter whether Sarawak is a state or a country because Sarawak has been living peacefully with its counterparts, Sabah and West Malaysia for 51 years in which some other countries couldn’t achieve. Some of them said Sarawak is not ready to be on its own due to it lack of workforce and that it should practice an open door policy.
A university lecturer, who wish not to be named said, “Sarawak cannot be only for Sarawakians. It needs to invite people from other countries to work and live here. In Singapore, it’s the foreigners who helped the nation to develop. The same goes with many other develop nations today”.
Some also expressed their concerned that showing off the propaganda “Sarawak for Sarawakians” openly has detrimental effects to the Malayans and Sabahans residing in Sarawaks due to inter-racial marriage. Reading this propaganda on the streets may instill hatred towards each other which didn’t exist many years ago.
Like i said, these are just the two sides of a coin. May reading opens your mind.