Hornbill Unleashed

October 16, 2016

Kitingan: Return Sabah’s 40% revenue share

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

jef-1Sabah opposition politician Jeffrey Kitingan has questioned if the federal budget for 2017 will live up to constitutional guarantees of a 40 per cent “net revenue entitlement” for Sabah.

Kitingan, assemblyman for Bingkor, said the 40 per cent entitlement and other additional revenues assigned to Sabah were agreed at the formation of Malaysia in 1963 and entrenched in the Federal Constitution.

He said in a statement that the state government, especially Umno and Barisan Nasional leaders, should insist on federal compliance with constitutional guarantees and that 40 per cent of net revenue collected from Sabah was returned to the state.

The federal Budget for 2017 will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on Friday. The state Budget will be tabled at the state assembly on Nov 18.

Kitingan, who is president of the STAR party, pointed out that national revenues from oil and gas would be higher in 2017 than this year, with the rise in crude oil prices to US$52 a barrel from last year’s projected US$30-$35 a barrel.

He said a failure by the federal government to comply with the revenue guarantee would further weaken the basis of Sabah remaining in the federation.

FMT Reporters Online

1 Comment »

  1. Local born BN leaders in Sabah such as Musa, Anifah, Salleh, Dahlan, etc are useless and good-for-nothing morons who care only for their own welfare after being given the green light by Najeed to plunder the country left and right. Instead of speaking up against the illegal colonization of Sabah by BN, they chose to keep quiet while amassing $millions if not $billions corruptly. In the nutshell, they should all be booted out of office and charged for abetting a foreign power to exploit our wealth.

    Comment by Geronimo Miller — October 16, 2016 @ 11:15 PM | Reply

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