KOTA KINABALU: The State Government welcomes the increment of the Federal  Government Special Grant for Sabah. 

“It is a very good development for Sabah. However, negotiations are still on going to get  the 40 per cent as per agreed in the 1963 Malaysia Agreement,” said Chief Minister Datuk  Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor. 

“It shows that the Federal Government is prepared to listen to us. This is a positive sign,”  he said, adding that the four-fold increment from RM26.7 million to RM125.6 million  beginning this year will really benefit Sabah. 

“It will definitely help to push our Hala Tuju Sabah Maju Jaya agenda,” he said in a  statement here today  

Earlier, the Chief Minister attended the meeting on MA63 particularly on the Special Grant  chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob via video conferencing.  Premier of Sarawak, Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Abang  Haji Openg was also in attendance.