State names Financial Secretary to sit in IRB

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KUCHING: Sarawak has named its state financial secretary to represent the state government in the Internal Revenue Board (IRB).

Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Sarawak government had asked the IRB for it to be represented in its board.

“They (IRB) had said that (the board) it is already well-represented by government officials and they asked that a non-government official to be named.

“But Sarawak had asked that the government be represented, and we had named the state financial secretary to represent us,” he said.

He said this during a press conference after chairing a Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Supreme Council meeting at the party’s headquarters today.

Abang Johari said the demand by the state will be reviewed in terms of its legality by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

“Wan Junaidi will be giving his views on the matter to the federal government,” he added.

The Premier said the matter of Sarawak demanding to be represented in the IRB is more or less resolved and that it is only subject to personality that will represent the state.

Earlier this year, the state government had demanded for a representative to sit on the IRB to ensure Sarawak receives the right amount of special grant under Article 112D of the Federal Constitution.

This was one of the latest progresses in the state’s demands for its rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Inter-Governmental Committee Report.

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