KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah will not stop pursuing the 40% net revenue owed by the Federal Government to Sabah as stated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Schedule 10, Article 112 of the Federal Constitution.
Warisan treasurer-general Terrence Siambun said it was the absolute right of Sabah to pursue the matter, but it would apply a different approach from that claimed by SAPP and its allies in Gabungan Sabah (GS).
“This 40% entitlement to Sabah had been agreed upon by all during the formative years of the Federation of Malaysia and was put into an agreement.
“Hence, there should be no question on this issue,” Siambun said in a statement.
He was commenting on a statement by SAPP president Datuk Yong Teck Lee “reminding” Warisan deputy president Darell Leiking, who is also International Trade and Industry Minister, of the 40% net revenue.
Siambun said SAPP had failed to topple Sabah Barisan Nasional in the last three elections and therefore, it was illogical for Warisan to adopt the approach of a party whose leader could not even secure a seat in the state assembly.
He said that as a founding partner of Malaysia, Sabah should be practical in the matter of regaining the state's rights, similar to Sarawak’s approach while maintaining a good relationship with the Federal Government.
He also said Yong should not be giving instructions and pointers to Leiking, especially on issues related to MA63 and Sabah's rights, because those issues were close to the latter’s heart.
“Leiking was appointed by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to lead one of the most important ministries in Malaysia.
“We all know that Tun Dr Mahathir is greatly respected as a statesman.
“Therefore, we can deduce that he (Dr Mahathir) had seen leadership qualities in Darell that qualifies him as both Federal Minister and a Sabah leader.” — Bernama