Hornbill Unleashed

May 6, 2017

‘Seek what’s owed by federal government for development’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

The state government has been asked to seek what is owed by the federal government when sourcing for development funds.

According to state Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) vice-chairman See Chee How, stamp duties for land transfer, mortgage and other dealings on land collected from Sarawak and paid to the federal treasury rightfully belong to the state.

“If we are talking about development and looking for money for all the strategic projects to bring Sarawak on par with other states, don’t just look at the state reserve fund but also at the money owed to us by the federal government.

“This money under the Constitution is rightfully ours but since going into the Federation, this money collected by Inland Revenue (Board) has never been given back to us for the last 54 years,” he told a press conference yesterday.

See acknowledged former Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s efforts in raising this issue, adding that Adenan had told the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) on at least two occasions that he had asked the federal government to give the money back to the state.

The Batu Lintang assemblyman said he received a written answer to his question during the last DUN sitting on the amount of stamp duties paid to the federal government in the last 10 years and on the progress of the discussion to obtain these stamp duties as state revenue.

He revealed that the answer supplied by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg as Finance Minister stated over RM205 million in stamp duties were collected from Sarawak between 2006 and 2015.

The written answer also stated that the outcome of the discussions between the state and federal governments for stamp duties to be given back to the state as revenue is still pending.

“At least we know that for the period of 10 years, we have paid about RM205 million and that until today, the discussion is still going on. Since Iindependence, we must have given the federal government maybe RM1 billion or more.

“This is an area we are most concerned with, and I would like to remind the Chief Minister that it is something that must be vigilantly worked on. Bring back all the money that is due to us,” he stressed.

See added he had submitted 10 questions for the coming DUN sitting from May 11-22.

Seven questions are for oral answers, covering higher education, digital economy, Pan Borneo Highway, housing projects, clinic construction, drainage and irrigation, and strategic projects to fund the Development Bank of Sarawak; while three other questions, mainly concerning Sarawak’s rights, are for written answers.

Also at the press conference were PKR Women’s national vice-chief Voon Shiak Ni, PKR Stampin secretary Desmond Kho, and PKR Stampin Youth deputy chief Jeffery Mok.


Source : @ The Borneo Post Online


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1 Comment »

  1. Slim chance of success under the present CM.

    Comment by tigeryk — May 6, 2017 @ 5:20 PM | Reply


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