SEMPORNA: Parti Warisan Sabah has thrown a shock demand into the polemics over the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63), claiming the state is owed a special entitlement amounting to RM1 trillion that is as yet unfulfilled.
Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking said the RM1 trillion owed to Sabah was calculated from the year Sabah joined Malaya and Sarawak to form Malaysia in 1963.
“All provisions pertaining to Sabah under MA63 must be fulfilled. Among them is the 40% special entitlement. Calculated from 1963 to date, (it) possibly amounts to some RM1 trillion.
“This does not include the annual budget allocation by the federal government to Sabah,” he said in a statement today.
The 40% entitlement Leiking referred to had been raised in June by MA63 activist Zainnal Ajamain, who said Sabah’s rights included a 40% net revenue of taxes derived from the state.
Zainnal said such taxes included corporate tax imposed on oil and gas companies operating in Sabah, export tax on crude petroleum, import tax on petroleum products, and dividends from Petronas’ revenue derived from its Sabah operations.
“The state’s right to collect our 40% of net revenue as well as the collection of export and import taxes are guaranteed under Schedule 10 of the Federal Constitution but we have been shortchanged on this,” he added.
Leiking said it was important for Sabah to be regarded as an equal partner in the formation of Malaysia and not just one of the 13 states in the federation.
“Sabah should be of equal status with Malaya. We should be respected and not be used in any way for political interest or convenience,” he told a crowd of more than 1,000 who gathered at Jalan Bubul in this east coast town on Sunday.
Warisan, he said, hoped more people in Sabah’s east coast would become aware of MA63 like those living in the west coast.
Leiking, who is also the MP for Penampang, recalled that when the idea of Malaysia was first raised, people in the east coast of the then North Borneo welcomed the proposal more than their counterparts in the west coast.
“It is therefore right that east coast Sabahans should demand what is due to Sabah under the MA63,” he said.
“This is the time for the east and west coasts to combine forces and come together as one in our pursuit of the MA63 provisions for Sabah,” he said.
The talk was organised by Warisan Youth chief Azis Jamman and the party’s information bureau. The event included a briefing by MA63 activist Michael Goviind.
Earlier, Leiking visited the site of a recent fire in Kampung Panji where seven houses were destroyed, and distributed aid to the victims.