KOTA KINABALU: Matters on Sabah’s 20% oil royalty and the return of 40% revenue according to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) are still being discussed.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said another meeting on these issues and other MA63 related matters will be held again very soon with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
“I will bring these issues up again, ” he said on Thursday (Sept 19) when told that many Sabahans were disappointed that these issues were not mentioned during the Prime Minister’s Malaysia Day speech in Kuching, Sarawak on Sept 16.
Shafie said Dr Mahathir actually had more things to say during the event but could not as there was a time constraint due to the event being held at night and that the Prime Minister "needed to rest".
Shafie said many items in the MA63 have been agreed upon, including the handing back of administration power of Sipadan and Ligitan islands, as well as land and forest issues.
He said other items in the MA63 that have been agreed upon, and those which can be announced will be informed to the public soon.
He assured the people that the meetings and progress on MA63 were going smoothly.
Asked what was discussed with Dr Mahathir during the state Cabinet meeting here on his visit on Tuesday (Sept 17), Shafie said they talked about matters concerning state and federal developments.
He said they also spoke on how important it is that the state and Federal Government work together for the benefit of the people as both entities have resources that benefit each other.