Deputy Chief Minister Kitingan says federal government must fulfill its financial obligations for Sabah to prosper
Aside from maintaining diplomatic ties and security, the federal government must also ensure that the Bornean States or the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak are funded enough to run its respective states. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Jeffrey Kitingan stated that the Federal Constitution has various stipulations about the financial obligations of the federal government towards Sabah and Sarawak.
He said that the federal government is only paying Sabah a total of RM26.7 million currently. Kitingan especially pointed out their obligation to pay the special grant in the amount of 40 per cent of the net revenue derived by the federation from Sabah. Which is only one of the other financial arrangements under the amended Federal Constitution.
After he attended the MA63 Socio-economy working committee meeting, Kitingan said that he’s certain the Bornean States will be able to resolve its financial problems and carry out more development projects provided that the federal government will fulfill its financial obligations towards Sabah and Sarawak.