TAWAU: The setting up of special committee to study Sabah’s right for 40 percent revenues collected by the federal government from the state is welcomed by several leaders in the state.
According to them, the suggestion to create the special committee is important to study the rights that should be received by the state and described it not as a mean to push for more royalty.
Kalabakan MP, Datuk Seri Ghapur Salleh, said he is confident that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, will prioritize the need of Sabah people.
He said whatever that are yet to be met and should be given to Sabah and Sarawak will be studied by the committee since the development gap betweenSabah and the Peninsular is apparent.
“I have personally brought issues related to development for Sabah in the Parliament. Maybe if it (40 percent) is approved by the Prime Minister, the people of Sabah will enjoy more development than what has been planned previously.
“However, we are confident that the Prime Minister is indeed concerned with the need of Sabah people. Once I brought to the Parliament about the issue of Pan Borneo Highway contract distribution being given to other parties, and the Prime Minister agreed that it should be given to local companies in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.
Recently, Kimanis MP cum the Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, said the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, agreed for the setting up of special committee after a meeting at Perdana Putra, Putrajaya.
The meeting was also attended by the Sabah chapter of State Reform Party (Star) chairman, Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, former PKR Tuaran chief, Ansari Abdullah, general secretary of Parti Kerjasama Rakyat Sabah (Pakar), Zainnal Ajamain, and constitutional lawyer, Edmund Bon.
Meanwhile, Balung Assemblyman (ADUN), Datuk Syed Abas Syed Ali, said several matters must be considered by the committee including the need to study what should be given to Sabah.
However, he explained that the federal government’s huge allocations for Sabah must also be considered.
“If the 40 percent includes everything, then I agree; not just 40 percent excluding what has Kuala Lumpur spent for the state. A lot has been given, and we should not look from one standpoint only,” he said. – SayangSabah