KANOWIT: The approval of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill with regards to Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) in Parliament on Tuesday shows the success of Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) election manifesto.
Chief Minister and GPS chairman Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said, “What we want now is its details.”
He added that in line with the inclusion of MA63’s annexures, namely the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) report, the state government had sought for Sarawak’s representative to be on the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).
“There needs to be a representative from Sarawak and Sabah in the board. If we have a representative there, we will be able to know the actual revenue in the country.
“We do not want them to simply give Sarawak grants in accordance with Article 112D without a formula. We want the formula to be there because it is our right to know the revenue accrued to Sarawak,” he stressed during a meet-the-people session in Ngemah, Kanowit on Wednesday (Dec 15).
Separately, Abang Johari pointed out that Sarawak is a very fortunate state.
“We have a very stable and strong government which is admired by our friends from the Peninsula. We, in GPS are one and we have a very strong platform.
“That is why we also want Ngemah, Machan, and other (rural areas) to be strong as well. GPS as a strong government in Malaysia will be a government that we can all be proud of.
“For this, I request for strong unity among us,” he said.