Sabah Pakatan: Vital for state to receive 40% constitutional share

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Pakatan Harapan is open to exploring all solutions with regard to state rights including on the 40% net revenue entitlement, it was revealed.

Expressing support for the Court of Appeal’s decision to allow the Sabah Law Society (SLS) to proceed with the judicial review over Sabah’s entitlement to 40% of its special grant revenue, Sabah Pakatan said it was important for the state to receive its fair constitutional share.

It said that the Court of Appeal’s decision on Tuesday marked a significant step in ensuring that Sabah receives its fair share as constitutionally mandated.

“We believe that the judicial review proceedings are crucial in addressing this matter and we are committed to supporting this legal process until its final resolution.

“However, we remain open to exploring alternative amicable solutions to resolve this longstanding issue between Sabah and the Federal Government,” Sabah Pakatan said in a statement yesterday.

It hoped that discussions and negotiations through the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Committee can finally lead to the acknowledgment and delivery of Sabah’s 40% entitlement.

“Sabah Pakatan stands firm in advocating for justice and equity and will continue to support initiatives that uphold these principles,” the statement added. Sabah PH comprises PKR, DAP, Amanah and Upko.

The Court of Appeal had on Tuesday allowed the SLS to proceed with a judicial review on the state’s constitutional rights to receive 40% of its special grant revenue.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has been urged to accept the Court of Appeal’s decision to allow SLS to proceed with a judicial review over Sabah’s entitlement to 40% of the grant revenue.

Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Youth vice-chairman Yong Yit Jee said the federal Attorney General’s Chambers should not pursue the case any further at the apex court.

“The government should show commitment and sincerity in honouring the MA63 and Federal Constitution by not appealing the decision at the Federal Court,” he said in a statement yesterday.

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