PBS won’t budge in fight for return of 40% revenue rights, says Dr Joachim

KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans must stay united in its pursuit of the return of 40% of federal revenue earned from the state, says Datuk Seri Dr Joachim Gunsalam.

The Parti Bersatu Sabah deputy president said the party has never wavered in its quest to claim what rightly belongs to the state.

"It is also worth recognising that PBS won four consecutive state elections in 1985, 1986, 1990 and 1994 because of its commitment to fight for Sabah's interest as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report.

"PBS will continue to be steadfast in fighting for the state’s rights, which have been its core struggle since its inception in 1985.

“The 40% is not just an aspiration, as claimed by lawyer Tengku Datuk Fuad Ahmed. We are very firm with our stand and we will fight for Sabah and Sabahan rights, for as long as it takes,” said Dr Joachim, who is also Sabah's Deputy Chief Minister.

He added that as a key component of the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), PBS is solidly behind Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor in ongoing engagement with Putrajaya to regain the 40% revenue entitlement.

Dr Joachim was responding to Tengku Fuad’s sudden appearance at the Kota Kinabalu High Court on Thursday (May 16), where the latter decided to intervene in the Attorney General’s appeal against a High Court decision to grant the Sabah Law Society (SLS) leave to challenge the 40% special constitutional grant provisions.

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