Analysts see Sarawak moving closer to greater autonomy after House passes Bill to use ‘premier’ for state leader

Sarawak’s initiative to pass a Bill changing the title of its “chief minister” to “premier” could be the state’s first step to achieving more autonomy within the Malaysian Federation, several political observers said.

(MMO) – Political scientist James Chin from the University of Tasmania told The Straits Times that with the Bill, Sarawak was sending a signal to Putrajaya that it was not just one of the “state”.

“Sarawak is saying ‘we are different’,” Chin, the university’s director of the Asia Institute, was quoted saying by the Singapore newspaper in a report published today.

He added that the southern Borneo state may look at further changes to “more substantive” issues, and predicted Sabah to follow suit.

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