The Rakyat Post 4 June 2015

The call by Sarawak for more autonomy follows the concept of decentralisation to produce an efficient and effective government said Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan.

In welcoming the idea today, Wan Saiful said that a particular state knows what was right and what was needed to ensure the well being of its people .

He also expressed hope that Sarawak’s latest call for autonomy would also go down to the district level.

“Not only Sarawak but all other states in the country should also consider this idea as it will help with potential development,” he told The Rakyat Post when contacted today.

Wan Saiful said it would be up to each individual state to propose the agencies they thought should receive more autonomy as the issues they faced varied from state to state.

Wan Saiful suggested that agencies dealing with transport, education, housing and infrastructure should be up for consideration, adding that it would be up to Sarawak to decide.

His response came after Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem announced that the state wanted its autonomy to be reinstated.

Adenan said both the state and federal government were still negotiating on the terms for the devolution of power to some of the state’s agencies.

He said certain decisions have to go through a lot of red tape before they were approved at the federal level when some of these decisions could be made at the state level itself.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was also present, acknowledged the need of the devolution, adding that it would expedite Sarawak’s development plans.

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