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Don’t mistake 40pc for allocation: Jeffrey
Published on: Monday, December 11, 2023
By: Hayati Dzulkifli
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Don’t mistake 40pc for allocation: Jeffrey
“Hence, they (Federal) they cannot mix that up with our Constitutional right and revenue because that is our right and nothing to do with the development allocation,” Dr Jeffrey said.
Kota Kinabalu: Sabah’s claim for 40 per cent entitlement of net revenue from Federal is not part of the development allocation, said Deputy Chief Minister 1 Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey G.Kitingan.

He said it is a fact that the 40 per cent entitlement is Sabah’s Constitutional right and cannot be part of any development allocation.

“Every year I look at the development budget and see that between 87 and 90 per cent of the allocation is in Semenanjung (peninsula) while only 12 to 13 per cent are combined for Sabah and Sarawak. 

“They (Federal) have to change the basis because we need more development than the Semenanjung. Also we have more potential to be developed than Semenanjung because the latter is now almost at their peak.

“Hence, they (Federal) they cannot mix that up with our Constitutional right and revenue because that is our right and nothing to do with the development allocation,” Dr Jeffrey said.

Dr Jeffrey, who was representing the Chief Minister, was speaking after launching the roadshow of GRS Women Zone 2 at Kian Kok Middle School, Sunday.

He also presented excellence awards to some women from the seven component parties who have excelled in their fields. 

Present were GRS Women Chairperson Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun, all top leaders of seven component parties, women leaders and members.

Dr Jeffrey was commenting on Upko President Datuk Ewon Benedick who proposed to study how to implement the formula of 40 per cent under MA63.

On Dec. 8, it was reported that Upko is set to present a proposal outlining the implementation mechanism to address the return of 40 per cent net revenue to Sabah.

At the recent state assembly sitting, its President Datuk Ewon Benedick, who is also Kadamaian Assemblyman, said a roundtable discussion scheduled for Dec. 19, would bring together experts in legal, audit and inland revenue.

 Ewon highlighted the need for a new formula in reclaiming the entitled 40 per cent net revenue.

“The constitutional right of the 40 per cent entitlement of net revenue must be returned to Sabah. 

“We are working on it and people must not be confused between the development allocation and other allocation and revenue rights. Revenue rights are basic and should not even be negotiated because that had already been negotiated during the formation of Malaysia.

“In fact, the Point No.11 Tariffs and Finance of the 20-Point, then went on to paragraph 24 in the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report and now under Article 112C and 112D of the Federal Constitution and even in Schedule Tenth, are all  our constitutional rights that we must claim,” he said.

On how much the Federal should pay Sabah on the 40 per cent entitlement, Dr Jeffrey said it depends on the financial position of the Federal Government and the financial needs of the State.

“Right now the financial needs of the State in a very critical situation…Our infrastructure (development) is way, way behind. We are facing water and electricity problems that are now coming 

“So, we have not taking any money from Federal Government or from any other states, this is our own money (40pc) that we should collect and just have to return based on a formula that is already there.

“No need to make another formula because the 40 per cent entitlement has stated what should be included,” he said.

 But for now, Dr Jeffrey who is also Star Sabah President, said Sabah just accept the RM300 million as a special grant and within a year, the 40 per cent issue must be resolved.

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