CM: Give Sarawak grants based on Article 112(d)

Posted on : 09 Feb 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (front, third right) hands over the GPS flag to Assistant Minister of Local Government and Housing Dr Annuar Rapaee. Seen from left are Tiong, Uggah, Masing, and Dr Sim.

SIBU: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg calls for a formula for giving grants to Sarawak based on Article 112(d) of the Federal Constitution.

Abang Johari says he has highlighted the matter during the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) special committee discussion.

He notes that as it is now, there is no formula to work out the amount given to the state.

“They want to give us grants under (Article) 112(d) – want to give RM52 million; on what basis do you calculate that RM52 million?

“There is no formula, that is why I don’t want to accept. They give first, take, but the principle is wrong.

“There must be a formula on how you derive that RM52 million to be given to Sarawak.

“Because there must be a formula as they receive taxes from Sarawak, including income tax, vehicle tax, corporate tax, and stamp duty are paid to Kuala Lumpur.

“Hence, Kuala Lumpur must give back to Sarawak what they have received based on a formula.

“I have discussed in the MA63 committee, we want a formula that is used to give grants based on Article 112 (d),” he said in launching Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Zone 9 Sibu at the civic centre here yesterday.

Abang Johari was referring to the grant amount announced by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng for Sarawak.

The Chief Minister pledged that the GPS-led Sarawak government would not back down from negotiating to get back the state’s eroded rights.

“As long as GPS is in power, we will not concede our rights in immigration – that is our right. Our immigration rights must be protected at all costs. GPS can protect this,” he stressed.

Abang Johari also said Sarawak Land Code could not be merged with the national land code – or else, it could be jeopardised.

Additionally, he maintained that Sarawak’s ruling coalition wanted the words ‘pursuant to the Malaysia Agreement 1963’ to be included in the amended Article 1(2); and that the interpretation under Article 160(2) must refer to MA63, not the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1957.

He added Sarawak had been well managed in terms of its financial and natural resources.

Some 2,500 members of GPS component parties attended the event.

GPS Zone 9 Sibu comprises Bawang Assan, Nangka, Bukit Assek, Pelawan, and Dudong.