Sarawakian representative needed in IRB

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg delivers his speech. Photo: Ukas

MIRI: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg wants a representative from Sarawak and Sabah to be appointed to the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).

He said this was one of the rights of the two states stipulated in the Intergovernmental Committee Report (IGC) 1962.

“Article 24 of the IGC stipulates that there must be a Sarawak and Sabah representative in IRB. However until today, there is not even one representative from Sabah and Sarawak appointed.

“I will fight for this as those in the IRB know how much the nation is making. If we don’t have a representative, then we won’t know the revenue coming in and how much from Sarawak.

“If we know the amount, then we can request for a portion of the nation’s income from Sarawak to be returned to the state – they (Malaya) shouldn’t be spending it alone,” he said at a leader-with-people session here on Wednesday night.

Abang Johari said he had fought for the implementation of the State Sales Tax (SST) on petroleum products, adding that the matter was brought to court and ruled in Sarawak’s favour.

He said GPS, through its partners in the federal government was also restoring the status of Sarawak according to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) through a constitutional amendment in Parliament.

“Pakatan Harapan (PH) tried to amend it last time but it was only cosmetic in nature and not thorough. They did not amend Article 160(2) as the agreement still refers to the Federation of Malaya Agreement 1957.

“The current government is tabling a new amendment in Parliament including 160(2) so that it also refers to MA63 including the annexures of the IGC Report.

“By doing this, our rights are ensured through IGC and MA63. We will prioritise our rights in the Federal Constitution and the matters under IGC has to be honoured and respected,” he said.