A DAP leader has given a few reasons as to why Pakatan Harapan (PH) cannot return Sabah’s oil and gas rights.
Chan Foong Hin who is Sabah DAP Secretary said in a Facebook interview on Monday, Sabahans must consider the feelings of other Peninsular states when making such demands.
“If Sabah asks for 40%… how will people in Selangor react? How will people in Penang react?”
“Maybe Penang and Selangor will ask if Sabah is asking for too much.”
He then cited Selangor as an example of contributing 24% of the country’s GDP.
“But how much allocation did Selangor receive from the Federal Government?”
Apart from Selangor, the incumbent Kota Kinabalu Member of Parliament also cited Penang.
“Another example is Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), it has the same budget as Penang.”
“If Penang and Selangor feels that did not receive their fair share of allocation, does it mean that when Sabah asks for 40%…… we have to think of the whole Malaysia. The whole Federation.”
“Is it, every state government should also ask for more rights from the Federal Government?”
Excerpt of the interview can be viewed below.
For the record, in 2017, Lim Guan Eng who was the then DAP Secretary General promised to return 20% oil royalty and 40% tax receipts to Sabah and Sarawak if PH successfully captures Putrajaya.
However, upon capturing Putrajaya, Guan Eng who became Finance Minister then told the people of East Malaysia that the promise cannot be fulfilled, citing lack of money and economic situation as the reason.