Reported in The Sun, the three component parties of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will ink a Kuching Declaration at a Malaysia Day gathering to be held here on Sept 16. "The declaration will be historical and will give meaning to Malaysia Day that would likely take the entire country by surprise".
Yes, I was surprised. Reading the declaration, it was nowhere near what I had been provided from Pakatan Rakyat sources.
The declaration in it's original form is as follows:
On this day 16 September 2012, the symbolic 4th Anniversary of the Pakatan Rakyat government that was promised by our future prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, we the undersigned Pakatan Rakyat leaders, if Pakatan Rakyat takes over the Federal Government in the next general elections, hereby declare:
Sarawak will house the new federal capital of Malaysia.
As 31st August important and significant only in Semenanjung, 31st August will no longer be a National Day public holiday in Sarawak.
As for Sabah, National Day holiday on 31st August will remain as a public holiday until further notice because support is not encouraging and we have not got a clue.
All future official National Day celebrations will be celebrated in Sarawak in the same and successful manner as the Selangor state National Day celebrations.
Not only will Pakatan Rakyat increase Sarawak oil royalty, Sarawakians will be given free petrol and income tax for all Sarawakians will be abolished.
In the Sarawak 2011 elections, by PKR improved performance with worthy mention of PAS as our partner for those who still don't know, and in particular gratitude and recognition of the Chinese who had overwhelmingly voted the DAP, Pakatan Rakyat will create 3 Deputy Prime Ministers posts, two for Semenanjung and one post specially allocated to Sarawak. Sarawak will not only have a first Deputy Prime minister but a first Chinese Sarawak Deputy Minister to represent East Malaysia in the Federal government.
This the Pakatan Rakyat declare wholeheartedly but subject always to decision by consensus which is our consistent policy and signed with indelible ink of the coming general elections.
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What made Pakatan revise the declaration is anyone's guesss.
That said, the declaration was much anticipated and enthusiastically received by a large audience.
The large gathering had also been due to the presence of Pakatan Rakyat big guns who must have also have been surprised and pleased by the huge response.
Related news Asiaone reports, "Malaysians gather in Bintulu for joyous occasion despite downpour"
Najib being greeted by the crowd in Bintulu.
People from all walks of life waving the Jalur Gemilang in Bintulu.