Monday, January 30, 2023

Sabah and Sarawak are no longer states in Malaysia but regions

NewsSabah and Sarawak are no longer states in Malaysia but regions

Sabah and Sarawak will no longer be regarded as states within Malaysia but as regions, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Speaking at the 2022 UMNO General Assembly, Ahmad Zahid, who is also the minister of Rural and Regional Development, said Sabah and Sarawak regions would be more strategic to be developed as new growth areas due to the relocation of the Indonesian capital to East Kalimantan.

“The unity government today has a considerable legal and moral obligation towards Sabah and Sarawak,” he was quoted as saying by Bernama.

As such, he said the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) needs to be implemented immediately.

“Even though there are some basic things which have been already implemented, there are still several things which form the basis of MA63 that need to be translated for implementation,” he said.

He added that the overflow of development in Kalimantan is to be worked on immediately so that Sabah and Sarawak will develop more rapidly.

“Since 1963, Sabah and Sarawak have contributed a lot to the country’s economic development, and now is the best time for us to develop both Sabah and Sarawak, in line with the development in the entire Borneo archipelago, including Kalimantan, Indonesia,” he said.

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Defending Malaysia’s spirit in MA63

On 4 January, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the leaders today need to defend Malaysia’s spirit in MA63 while doing their level best to honour the agreement, which reflects the wisdom of the previous leadership.

At the same time, he announced that the amount of allocation for special grants to Sabah and Sarawak, according to Article 112D of the Federal Constitution, should be reviewed every five years so that the amount is more reasonable.

He also agreed that the implementation of any project with a cost of less than RM50 million, in Sabah and Sarawak, should be decided almost entirely by the state governments, subject to compliance with financial regulations.

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