KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah will not stop pursuing the 40% net revenue owed by the federal government to Sabah, as specifically stated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and Schedule 10, Article 112 (and sub articles) of the Federal Constitution.
Warisan treasurer-general Terrence Siambun said it was the absolute right of Sabah to pursue this matter.
However, he said Warisan will apply a different approach from that claimed by the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) and its allies in Gabungan Sabah (GS).
“This 40% entitlement to Sabah had been agreed upon by all during the formative years of the Federation of Malaysia and was put into an agreement. Hence, no questions can be raised about this issue.
“We will pursue this matter but in a different and more intelligent approach compared to what SAPP has in mind,” he said in a statement issued today.
Siambun was commenting on a statement by Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) president Yong Teck Lee yesterday reminding Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking, who is also international trade and industry minister, of the 40% net revenue owed by the federal government to the state government.
Yong had asked Leiking whether the Penampang MP will now take appropriate action after saying last year that the federal government owed Sabah RM1 trillion in arrears for failing to adhere to the Federal Constitution and paying Sabah the special grant since 1963.
Without addressing the RM1 trillion question, however, Siambun pointed out that SAPP had failed to topple Sabah BN in the last three general elections and therefore it was illogical for Warisan to adopt the approach of a party whose leader could not even secure a position in the state assembly.
“SAPP should not be telling Warisan when and how to pursue this matter,” he said.
“As a founding partner of the Federation of Malaysia, we have to be practical in this matter.
“We can clearly see that Sarawak’s approach and strategies in regaining the state’s rights, while maintaining a good relationship with the federal government, is much more acceptable compared with Yong and SAPP’s gung-ho approach.”
Siambun suggested that Yong should not tire himself out by giving instructions and pointers to Leiking.
“Leiking was appointed by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to lead one of the most important ministries in Malaysia.
“We all know that Mahathir is prudent, highly disciplined and greatly respected as a statesman.
“So we can deduce that he has seen leadership qualities in Leiking that qualify him as both a federal minister and a Sabah leader.
“There is no reason at all for Yong to be worried and to continuously tell Leiking what to do, especially on issues related to MA63 or Sabah’s rights, because these issues are close to his heart.
“Just let him do his job as a federal minister for the good of all Malaysians,” he said.