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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 25. 3rd October 1973

Exploitation in Sarawak

Exploitation in Sarawak

Dear Editors,

As a student from Sarawak, I was so irritated by my fellow country man, Michael Lim's stand for the ruling regime — the Malaysian Government. He acts as a running dog for the regime which is totally against the will of the Sarawak people.

Michael Lim, have you ever thought of the plight of our people and the economic exploitation by foreign capitalists and the ruling regime back home? Of course, you will never think of that. You are being paid and supported by the government who help the foreign capitalists to exploit our people.

You seem to be satisfied with the situation back home — the acceleration of oil exploration by foreign companies; the "legal extraction" of our natural resources; the monopoly of the fishing industry by one of the ministers — Ong Kee Hui (the Minister of Science and Technology) and Japanese Co., in such a way that the lives of our Chinese and Malay fishermen are getting harder and harder; the spiraling inflation and the great disparities in income!

Are you not aware of the increasing numbers of native girls moving to towns to become prostitutes? They just can't make a living in the rural areas. How would you feel if one of them was your sister or neice?

As a future lawyer, if you have a moral conscience, you must at least use you "super ability" to remedy all these unjust phenomena. However, I doubt that you will.

Yours sincerely

A Sarawak student