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RM300 million grant a sign of Sabah's rights under MA63 - Hajiji

19 July 2023

By Wartawan Nabalu News


KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor said the increased RM300 million special grant from the Federal Government showed that the Sabah was on the right track to secure part of its rights under the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) as stipulated in Article 112D of the Federal Constitution.


The grant, which is a RM40 million increase from the previous RM260 million announced in January, was confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, who chaired the MA63 technical committee meeting yesterday.


"Rest assured that we will not rest until Sabah gets what is owed to her as enshrined in the MA63," he said Hajiji in a statement today.


Hajiji also reiterated that Sabah had never given up its rights to the 40 per cent revenue derived from the state by the federation.


He said the special grant was an interim solution and negotiations were still ongoing with a separate committee to determine and finalise the formula for the annual special grants for Sabah and Sarawak within a year.


He added that Sabah would continue to fight for its special grant entitlement according to Article 112C and Section 2 of Part IV in the Tenth Schedule, as well as Article 112D of the federal constitution, which provides for a formula and review of the 40 per cent net revenue entitlement.


Fadillah, who is also the Chairman of the MA63 Committee, said the RM300 million grant would be paid to Sabah and Sarawak as soon as possible.

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