Shafie hopes PN govt will continue progress made over MA63 issues

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah hopes the new Perikatan Nasional government will maintain or build on the progress achieved in getting back Sabah and Sarawak's state rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said while he welcomed the new portfolio set up to look into Sabah and Sarawak issues following the formation of Perikatan, he was concerned about what had been agreed upon with the previous government.

"This new portfolio would mean there will be a new committee, but I hope the resolutions achieved previously can be retained," he said during his winding-up speech at the state assembly sitting here on Tuesday (April 21).

Under the Pakatan Harapan administration, 17 out of the 21 issues under MA63 had been resolved.

Among the issues resolved previously include land and electricity matters, while those not yet achieved include the 20% oil royalty and return of 40% revenue owed to Sabah.

Shafie also said he hoped there would be a new term of reference on MA63.

On other matters, the Senallang assemblyman said Sabah expected higher revenue with the implementation of the petroleum product sales tax that comes into effect this month.

He said they were targeting the first round of tax collection on or before May 28 from at least seven out of the nine petroleum companies it had production-sharing contracts with.

Sarawak implemented a similar sales tax in January last year.

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