KOTA KINABALU, Aug 13 (Bernama) – The Sabah government will make sure that it gets “the best deal” from the provisions of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said today.
He said the state government would ensure the devolution of powers from the federal government.
It would also ensure that the 20 per cent of oil royalty announced recently by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would also be one of the priorities of the state government.
“The oil royalty payments must be aligned to the promise made in the (election) manifesto.
“Therefore, the state government will ensure that Sabah gets ‘the best deal’ as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63),” he said when replying to a question from Datuk Jahid Jahim (PBS-Tamparuli) at the meeting of the State Legislative Assembly.
Mohd Shafie also spoke of the setting up of the Ministry of Laws and Native Affairs, Ministry of Education and Innovation, and Ministry of Health and People’s Wellbeing.
He said this showed the commitment of the new state government in implementing its responsibilities with regard to legislation especially related to native affairs and empowering the state government in matters associated with health and education.
Mohd Shafie also mentioned the demands of the state government in line with the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC), MA63 and the Federal Constitution.
These included requesting a revision of the oil and gas revenue due to Sabah, a review of and increase in the petroleum cash payments, and ‘Borneonisation’ whereby about 90 per cent of the federal departments and agencies in Sabah have to be led by people from Sabah.
Mohd Shafie said the state government had set up a special committee headed by him related to Sabah’s demands in accordance with MA63.