By Churchill Edward, Zora Chan and Wan Ali Amit
The Borneo Post Press, Wednesday ( 10th Sept 2008)
KUCHING: The state does not want to quarrel with the federal government on any issue especially on the increase in oil royalty, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Dr George Chan.
Dr Chan, however, added that the state would ask for “… the correct thing at the correct time”.
He was reacting to former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Harris Mohd Salleh last weekend calling for an increase in oil royalty for Sarawak and
Harris had said the time (now) was right for Sabah and
Although he did not state the reasons why the two states should exert demand, it is believed that he thought that the time was right due to the current political situation.
“This could be done at the next sitting of the state legislative assemblies,” Harris was quoted as saying in a letter dated Sept 2.
With such statement, Dr Chan appeared to disagree with Harris that now was the right time for Sabah and
Dr Chan, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture and Minister of Industrial Development, denied that
He pointed out that the state had always hinted that it wanted more funds from the federal government for various projects, but it did not have to come from oil money alone.
“We have always maintained that we are lagging behind other states in term of development; we are far behind and we need to catch up with the others.
“Sure we will ask for the correct things at the correct time. We are all in the federation and there is appropriate time to ask for appropriate things.
“We will know what to do. Whether funds come from oil or not, they are all from the federal coffer.
“There is no point quarrelling about this thing. But as long we have sufficient fund, that would be fine,” said Dr Chan, who is Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) president.
He went on saying that oil royalty issue involved a lot of things.
“Let us say that we ask for a 25 per cent increase, the federal government can always say ‘yes, but they might cut off other funds,” he said.
“They can always say that the state can pay for things like medical expenses or food after they increase our oil royalty. At the end of the day - plus minus here and there - we all go back to square one.”
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We joined Federation of Malaysia for 45 years under 20-points agreement. Under that agreement we will be protected from any military threat from
It is time to get back to Racism issue?
You should take Mr. Ahmad Ismail (Bukit Bendera MP) “joke” on the Chinese status in Malaya and Jerai MP “fairy tale” on Islamic country which required those who do not belong to Malaya to get back to
We cannot afford to give more all the time and get less. 45 years under regime governance is enough for now. We should have our own highway from Miri to Kuching as what PLUS has right now. We should have less fuel price since your town produces much oil. Please review SUPP place in BN because we are called immigrant and not needed in the coalition. What can we get with 5%? You should think about it as same as what Harris Salleh did. He has just wake up from deadliest sleep and I think his business in
Unnecessary act of an idiot.
The right time to bargain is now or else Anuar Ibrahim will reward us 5.5 % revenue soon. Be as a wise politician because the people voted you and not you to vote them.