I found the statement a bit 'snobbish'. As a senior politician and whose party forms part of Barisan Nasional, it reflected an 'anti-Peninsular' standpoint.
So, why make a big issue out of it? Putrajaya government is Umno-led, the same government Adenan's administration is working with. Ditto... no need to avow it every now and then about rejecting Umno, whose leaders had many times reassured Sarawakians that there will be no Umno in the state.
I can't help but questioning the motives behind all these Umno-and-Peninsula bashing. And I suddenly remember a drive motivated by a few Sarawakian NGOs and politicians who said Sarawak should leave Malaysia, and that the 1965 Agreement does not hold any legal standing.Tan Sri Adenan Satem said he supported Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen’s call for Sarawak’s Barisan Nasional component parties to work with the opposition and keep Umno out of the state.However, the Sarawak chief minister said it was conditional support.
Chong , Adenan said, needed to add DAP and its coalition partners in the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) – PAS and PKR – to the list of parties to be banned from the state.
He was referring to Chong's call last February for a formal understanding when speaking of political interference from the peninsula in the Sarawak assembly.
“I'll wholeheartedly support (Chong's suggestion for a formal agreement on the ban) to keep Umno out of Sarawak, provided PKR is banned, PAS is banned and DAP is also banned, together with Umno,” he said at the Amanah Khairat Yayasan Budaya Melayu Sarawak (Sarawak Malay Cultural Foundation and Charitable Trust) raya gathering in Kuching last night.
“That I doubt he would agree on.”
Sarawak, Adenan said, “doesn't need political parties from the peninsula, and that included Umno”.
“We know how to solve our problems ourselves. We do not need outsiders to come and dictate to us,” he added.
He said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the main component party in the state BN coalition and which he leads, could do a better job looking after the needs of the Malays in the state than Umno.
The four-party state BN coalition consists of PBB; Dayak-majority parties, Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP); and the Chinese-based Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP).
And then came allegations how Putrajaya has been 'robbing' Sarawak of its oil revenue and assets.
'Where' is Sarawak, actually?