Abang Johari delivers his speech at the Malaysia Day celebrations. Photo: Ukas

SIBU: Sarawak has made great strides in the pursuit of its rights under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the federal and state governments have agreed on nine matters.

“The federal financial obligations under the Concurrent List are raised and discussed in the National Finance Council. Secondly, is the review of Special Financial Grant to the state.

“Royalty on petroleum and its cash payments and matters related to oil and gas will be discussed jointly between the prime minister and chief minister and gas supply power given to Sarawak,” he said in his address during the Malaysia Day celebration in Sibu on Wednesday night (Sept 16).

Abang Johari said other matters include strengthening the collaboration in terms of works between the federal and state governments.

Abang Johari signs the Malaysia Day book. Photo: Ukas

The chief minister said efforts for devolution of power have been made and agreed by both governments.

“This includes empowering the state to make labour regulations under the Labour Ordinance and the establishment of a special health committee to discuss matters related to health issues in Sarawak,” he said.

Abang Johari said the authority on tourism will also be delegated to Sarawak which will be done on a case to case basis.

“Full authorisation in terms of environmental subjects is made to the state government based on the provisions under 95C without the need for any amendment to the Federal Constitution,” he said.