Those who promote it are actually doing so for self interest, either it political or financial.
At least that's how I see the whole thing.
That's why I disagree with concepts such as Bangsa Johor, Sarawak for Sarawakians, etc.
All these can weaken the federation and could ultimately destroy our country.
No matter how proponents of such concepts tried to spin it, they will not be able to deny that to excessively promote such parochialism will undermine Malaysia itself.
Those who felt inclined to support such a concept should reflect on what such attitude will lead to.
Please do not blindly support such things.
It will not even be good for the people of any state if they let themselves be seduced by such concepts.
Just look at the issues of oil royalties demands by Sarawak and the recent moratorium imposed against Petronas workers intended to be deployed in that state.
I had been told that Petronas people were not being nice enough in dealing with the Sarawakians, but that's besides the point as far as this posting is concerned.
What I'm more concerned is the parochialism sentiments being used in the bargaining process over those issues..
I have to agree with the arguments on the matter as put forth in this post by the blogger at BlackGold blog,
In reality, Petronas is a multinational and it should view hirings and appointments from a global perspective; within the Petronas universe, geographical and political boundaries should not exist other than some additional administrative processes, only its own structural boundaries matter when deploying staff.
It is only fair all around that employees with the right skills and experience are mobilised across the globe to meet the requirements of specific jobs.
Just as the freeze on work permits by Sarawak state have actually affected Petronas’ operations (and that of its suppliers and contractors), the restrictions of political boundaries may affect not only Petronas operation but also the career prospects of Sarawakians within Petronas.
Mobility across geographical areas is critical for any career development as it builds experience and skills while providing much needed exposure to different working environment that will only add value when being considered for career advancement.
I had done some digging too on the issue and these are 10 things that I feel Malaysians, particularly the people of Sarawak should realise:
1. More oil and gas projects around the world are being cancelled due to the current crude price slump.
2. The cancelled projects means more workers in the industry worldwide are losing their job.
3. The industry is not expecting things to improve soon and players are taking "drastic measures"to survive.
4. Petronas is doing the same and so far found itself with over 1,000 positions categorised as being "redundant".
5. The total number of Sarawakians, said to be unfairly dismissed by Petronas from their job in the State is 18. This triggered the recent uproar which led to the moratorium on Petronas workers coming from other states.
6. The 18 are actually among a batch of those (from Sarawak and other states) in the redundant positions. They were offered a very good voluntary separation scheme (VSS) package and assistance to find new jobs. They all accepted the offer.
7. More than three quarters of Petronas workforce in Sarawak, numbering about 5,000 are Sarawakians. But it should be noted that there are also many Sarawakians employed by Petronas for its operations in other states and across the world.
8. As pointed out in the post at the Black Gold blog, the moratorium on Petronas workers had caused disruptions to Petronas' operations and those of its foreign partners. This is not good for the reputation of Sarawak and Malaysia, at least within the world oil and gas industry, particularly as the country and state is known all these while as a reliable supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
9. Petronas has not been biased when it comes to employing or restructuring its workforce even though it does tries to accommodate in instances of political pressure such as what happened in Sarawak.
10. Based on what happened, it was clear that parochialism was used by certain quarters to play up the issue and it caused detrimental effects on Petronas, which is not good for Malaysia. Revenues of Petronas is very important to the country. If Petronas fails, the country will be in quite a fix.