PETALING JAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng should honour his promise to return 50% of tax revenue collected from Sabah and Sarawak to the two states, says former prime minister Najib Razak.
In a Facebook post citing news reports, Najib asked what had happened to two pre-election promises made by Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders to the people of Sabah and Sarawak.
“What is PH’s plan to generate one million jobs with a minimum salary of RM2,500? What has been approved after the 14th general election (GE14) is a minimum wage of RM1,050.
“What happened to the promise of returning 50% of tax revenue collected from Sabah and Sarawak?”
Najib said when he was prime minister, he paid a lot of attention to Sabah and Sarawak in terms of development projects, rights and allocations as he felt they had been unfairly treated.
“Sabah and Sarawak are close to my heart. The support from Sabah and Sarawak was critical to PH’s victory in GE14. Without its victories there, PH couldn’t win,” he said, adding that this support should be reciprocated by honouring the promises made to Sabah and Sarawak.
“The person who made the promise to return 50% of the tax revenue is now the finance minister and he has the power to fulfil his promise.”
Najib said promises made at ceramahs, press conferences and through press statements should be honoured, and that it was wrong to take advantage and “cheat the people” who had not read such a “thick” manifesto.
“If you dare to make promises in front of voters when you campaign, honour those promises.”
In March 2017, Lim, who is DAP secretary-general, vowed to return 50% of all tax receipts collected from Sabah and Sarawak in outlining autonomy plans for the two states.