Constitution guides Putrajaya in ensuring every state's rights are met, says Fahmi

PUTRAJAYA: The government will fulfil each state's rights guided by the principles of the Federal Constitution, says Fahmi Fadzil.

This also applied to Johor's recent request for 30% of the tax revenue it contributes to national coffers to be returned to the state, he added.

The country's progress was based on the bonds of the federation involving all the states, the Communications Minister said amid statements from several parties about the relationship between the Federal and state governments.

Fahmi, who is the government spokesman, said Malaysia was founded in the spirit of federalism with the consent of all states.

“Therefore, the Federal Constitution forms the basis for ensuring the rights of the states and in determining the relationship between the Federal and state governments,” he said in a statement issued on behalf of Putrajaya.

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He told a press conference at his office here on Wednesday (June 12) that the Cabinet had taken note of the statements concerning the relationship with state governments.

He said discussions of matters concerning Sabah and Sarawak are guided by the provisions of the Federal Constitution and the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

Asked if the Federal Government would respond to Johor’s request for at least 30% of the tax revenue it contributes to national coffers to be returned, he said to refer to his statement.

On Tuesday (June 11), Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said on Facebook that at least 30% of the tax revenue the state contributes to national coffers should be returned.

He said the state government made this request to the Federal Government to ensure that Johor continues to enjoy development.

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