KUCHING: Sarawak is presently pursuing negotiations with the Federal Government to overview its special grant entitlement by means of a joint consultative committee beneath the Special Council on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
State Deputy Minister within the Premier’s Department (Law, MA63 and State-Federal Relations) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali mentioned the state authorities had requested a gathering of the joint consultative committee quickly to talk about and agree on the components for reviewing the special grant beneath Article 112D of the Federal Constitution.
“This will be certain that special grants to Sarawak will be distributed pretty and equitably,” she mentioned in reply to Wilfred Yap (GPS-Kota Sentosa) throughout query time within the state legislative assembly on Monday (May 23).
Yap had requested whether or not the state authorities was pursuing talks for a joint overview of the special grant.
He additionally requested why Sarawak had not reached a consensus with the Federal Government on the grant, in contrast to Sabah which agreed to settle for a rise in its special grant from RM26.7mil to RM125.6mil for 2022.
To this, Sharifah Hasidah mentioned the Sarawak authorities had submitted a “cheap and pragmatic” components for reviewing the special grant, which took into consideration the Federal Government’s monetary place.
“We don’t need the Federal Government to merely give out any figures,” she mentioned.
She added that if the Federal and state governments had been unable to attain an settlement on the overview, it could be referred to an unbiased assessor as offered for beneath Article 112D(6) of the Federal Constitution.
“(The assessor’s) advice shall be binding on the Federal and Sarawak governments and shall be given impact as in the event that they had been the settlement of these governments,” she mentioned.