KOTA KINABALU: Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking says the party has not given up on getting more from Sabah’s promised 40% revenue from the federal government despite the issue having gone unnoticed in Budget 2019 today.
The international trade and industry minister said his party had not ignored the fact that Sabah’s special grant was not given a mention in Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s budget.
He said the RM5.009 billion allocation to Sabah for next year was close to RM900 million more than what the previous Barisan Nasional government had spent on the state.
“While we are happy with the budget, we would like to go into detail on what this RM900 million is for.
“But one thing of concern is we note that the Tenth Schedule of the Federal Constitution (on the 40% special grant to Sabah) remains the same, which is RM27.69 million annually.
“We have to change this because inflation was never considered,” said the Penampang MP.
“Chief Minister Shafie Apdal has raised this matter with the government as well as myself, as I am in the federal Cabinet.
“We’ll continue to do so as it is part and parcel of our negotiations with the federal government,” Leiking said.
Warisan acknowledged that being a new government, Pakatan Harapan was taken by surprise by the nation’s dire financial challenges, he added.
“But we have stated our facts and position on this amount, which was agreed to in the 1970s, to the present government.”
Leiking had earlier claimed that Sabah should receive more in terms of revenue than the amount fixed by the federal government, blaming past administrations for the oversight.