KUCHING: A local MP has told Putrajaya to return what is rightfully Sarawak’s if it feels that the development in the state is imbalanced.
Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri said it is unfortunate that the federal government seems to be playing “hard to get” with Sarawak’s claims.
She was responding to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s statement yesterday that the federal government was committed to giving more focus on developing Sarawak and Sabah in line with its newly introduced Shared Prosperity Vision policy.
Mahathir acknowledged that not enough attention had been paid to the two states in the past, compared to the peninsula.
“We are looking at an oil-rich Sarawak, yet development is not equally distributed among Sarawakians themselves and also between Sarawak and the peninsula,” he said.
Nancy said the Shared Prosperity Vision policy should be equated to Sarawak’s contribution to development in the peninsula through its share of oil and gas revenue.
She said if Sarawak were to total up all its claims, it was not impossible for the amount to reach up to “billions of ringgit”.
Nancy also questioned why Sarawak Pakatan Harapan representatives had failed to explain decisions made at the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) committee meetings.
“We never heard them mentioning the MA63 meeting decisions and sharing them with Sarawakians,” she said.
She urged the PH government to stop pointing fingers at the previous government for its failures.
“Don’t speak like you don’t know who was in the previous government. Just fulfil your promises. Implement your Shared Prosperity formula. There’s no need to give conditions if you want to do the job,” she said.