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Published on: Saturday, June 07, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: The State Government has submitted its request for an increase in oil royalty since 2008, much earlier than Sarawak.

However, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the State Government has its own way in dealing with the issue behind close door quietly.

"In fact, we have submitted Sabah's proposal back in 2008 ... We have our own ways of doing things," he said when asked if the State Government will allow a motion similar to the one passed by the Sarawak State Legislative last month.

Sarawak passed a motion for the State Government to start discussion with the Federal Government with the view to review the agreement and an increase in oil royalty from five per cent to 20 per cent.

Met after chairing the Sabah Umno meeting at the Sabah Umno building in Sadong Jaya here Friday, Musa said the State Government understands the aspirations of the people of Sabah and will always put the interest of the state first especially where its development and the welfare of the people are concerned.

"As such, I have on numerous occasion during my meeting with the Prime Minister behind closed doors, expressed the concerns and wishes of the people of Sabah on the issue of oil royalty.

"The Prime Minister has always been willing to listen and has said he will give the matter due consideration.

We, in Sabah have always approached issues through discussions via the proper channels.

"I believe the Prime Minister will accord the same priority where the interests of both Sabah and Sarawak are concerned," he said

On the admission of Luyang Assemblyman Hiew King Cheu into MCA earlier Friday, Musa said it was a welcome move.

He said the State Government will provide support to Hiew so that he could service his constituents better.

Asked if Hiew would now be eligible for the RM1 million Assemblyman Fund, Musa said it would be put into consideration.