MIRI: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has repeated his call for Putrajaya to provide a formula for the allocation of special grant to Sarawak.
He said he had requested the federal government on several occasions to come up with a formula for the special grant to be given to the state but so far Putrajaya has kept mum on the issue.
He pointed out that the amount of allocation given in the special grant should not be doled out randomly, instead it should be given according to a set formula.
“Issues on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is far from done and under Article 112 of the Federal Constitution, the federal government must give an allocation to Sarawak.
“Last year, under the Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government, we received RM36 million (in special grant) and I asked them, ‘how did you arrive at this figure?’ We want a formula for a better distribution of income for Sarawak under Article 112.
“This is far from settled and we will continue to fight for it. Giving out special grant should not be similar to feeding poultry — we are not chickens and ducks.
“We want that formula, it is within our rights,” he said when officiating at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Miri today.
Abang Johari said he had told Senior Minister (Infrastructure Cluster) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof on the state government’s intention for a formula to be derived as well as restoring the one-third representation of Sabah and Sarawak in Parliament.
“When Singapore exited the federation, all their seats went to Malaya. We want our seats to be increased so that we can attain a one-third representation.
“If we don’t have that (one-third representation), they (Malayans) can change the Federal Constitution without us knowing about it,” he said.
The chief minister assured that as long as GPS was in power, it would continue to protect the rights of Sarawak as enshrined under MA63.