Putrajaya unilaterally appointing a new non-local as Unimas chairman before the current Chairman contract expiry (April 30, 2021) has created disappointment and uproar in Sarawak. This shows that federal government has never treated Sarawak and Sabah as equal partners.在目前的Unimas大学主席合同到期（2021年4月30日）之前，布城单方面任命一名新的非本地人担任Unimas大学主席，这在砂拉越造成了失望和骚动。这表明联邦政府从未将砂拉越和沙巴视为平等伙伴。
Putrajaya disregards the delicate feeling of Sarawak people just may be they interpret Sarawak CM views wrongly thinking CM will not object to such arrangement? Why CM and his lawyers team silence so deafening? GPS government should make a stand to accept or reject the appointment especially with reason of no working permit will be issued for such post and it is reserved for Sarawak people?
In view of such non negotiable issue threatening the very right of Sarawak, some would suggest CM and his GPS government should at DUN call for an emergency meeting to unilateral declare independence. By not proceeding to answer the wish of Sarawak people for independence, Sarawak government will be perceived by federal government and sarawak people as weak, scared and indecisive in championing the Sarawak rights. Further federal government other decisions with the intention to further erode Sarawak rights will follow and Sarawak GPS government will continue to play the role of punching bag? Will this affect the outcome of coming Sarawak election especially when there is undesired rumour that 23 GPS YBs intended to jump ship?
SUPP Women slams Putrajaya for appointing non-local as Unimas chairman
(Malay Mail - Friday, 03 Jan 2020 09:34 PM MYT BY SULOK TAWIE)
KUCHING, Jan 3 — The Women wing of the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) today slammed the federal government for appointing a non-Sarawakian to be chairman of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) without consulting the state government.
Its chief Kho Teck Wan said the appointment of Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) chairman Tan Sri Kamal Mat Salih as the fourth Unimas chairman has come as a shock to people of Sarawak.
“Prior to this, all previous appointments have been filled by Sarawakians after consultation with the Sarawak government,” Kho said when commenting on the appointment of Kamal for a three-year term, effective two days ago.
She expressed regret that the appointment was done abruptly since the term of the third board chairman Tan Sri Sulong Matjeraie will not expire until April 30, 2021.
She questioned the rationale of the federal government for appointing a non-Sarawakian as there are many Sarawakians who have the qualifications to hold the post.
“What is the reason to replace the current chairman in such a hurry?” she asked.
Kho also questioned if the interests of Sarawakians, especially in terms of priority entry to Unimas, will remain the same with a non- Sarawakian as the chairman.
Kho said Kamal’s appointment is one of various “disturbing and conflicting stunts” against Sarawak made by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government.
She said a month after the PH government took over Putrajaya, the national oil company Petronas filed a legal challenge against Sarawak government over the right to regulate oil and gas upstream activities in Sarawak.
“Soon after, the federal government announced the relocation of the Office of the Registrar of the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu without the consultation of the state government.
Kho said in the case of Unimas, it has been the tradition that a Sarawakian is made the board chairman.
She said the first chairman was former state secretary Tan Sri Bujang Mohammed Nor, the second was former Sarawak Foundation deputy chairman and director of the Malaysian Centre for Development Studies, Dr Hatta Solhi, before the appointment of Sulong, a former federal court judge, on May 1, 2018.
Latest Update: 6 Jan 2020
KAMAL Salih has quit as the new chairman of the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) chairman, after the state government made known its displeasure over his appointment public.
The former Wangsa Maju MP said it was pointless for him to take up the post after the state said it preferred a local.