The Keningau Member of Parliament (MP), Jeffrey Kitingan has claimed that some 60% of east Malaysians are calling for Sabah and Sarawak to leave Malaysia after their disappointment in the development funds allocated in budget 2022.
He then pointed out that Sabah and Sarawak was allocated only RM9.8 billion, while the Peninsular Malaysia receives RM67.8 billion.
He said that it is important for the federal government to take into account the grouses of the people of Sabah and Sarawak.
“I hope the prime minister listens to the voices from Sabah and Sarawak, and saves Malaysia from breaking up.” Jeffrey said in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday (8 November) while debating on Budget 2022.
Meanwhile, he also criticise that the Budget 2022 does not comply with the government’s Keluarga Malaysia concept, as Sabah and Sarawak are treated similarly to stepchildren.
He also brought up that Sabah and Sarawak agreed to join the federation as equal partners, when Malaysia was formed 58 years ago, and not as colonised territory.
“Facts show that the federal government purposely made Sabah and Sarawak dependent on Putrajaya.”
“What is the motive? So that Sabah and Sarawak will forever be ruled by the peninsula?” Jeffrey asked.
Jeffrey said that the federal government had been collecting between RM60 billion to RM100 billion from Sabah, and they should pay them around RM20 billion to RM36 billion a year, based on the 40% net profit which was demanded.
However, Sabah had only been paid RM26.7 million for 52 years, with the exception in 2020 when the Warisan Plus-led state government agreed to receive RM53.4 million.
“I want to ask, where are the billions of ringgit owed to Sabah?”
“Was it misused to develop the peninsula?” Jeffrey added.
He also highlighted that Sabah is the largest producer of crude oil in Malaysia, but the state remained the poorest state in Malaysia.
He then urged the government to show their commitment by adding an allocation of RM2 billion for Sabah and Sarawak to rid its residents of any disappointment.
“Please don’t kill the ‘golden geese’ or they will fly away,” he said, adding that Putrajaya should listen to the demands from east Malaysians.
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Watch his speech in the Dewan Rakyat at 2.50 here: