KOTA KINABALU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor said the state Government will not let up in pursuing the 40 per cent special grant for Sabah under Article 112D of the Federal Constitution.
He told this to the Special Council on the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob via video conferencing yesterday.
Hajiji also said that Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin has consented to the appointment of Judicial Commissioners in Sabah to be based on the administrative mechanism.
At the same time, the Sabah State Government concurred with its Sarawak counterparts that the TYT’s consent must be obtained first before the proposed appointment is submitted to the Judicial Appointments Commission.
He said the TYT also agreed that another representative from Sabah and Sarawak be appointed to the Judicial Appointments Commission.
Hajiji also raised the issue of the need for the security outposts at Malaysia – Indonesia border to be beefed up.
“I have just made a working visit to the three security outposts at the border (Burst-Point, Wallace Bay and Sungai Melayu) in Sebatik and I found there is a need for the facilities to be upgraded,” he said.
The Chief Minister also thanked the Federal Government for the appointment of a representative from Sabah as a board member of the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).
He expressed gratitude to Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin for tabling a paper to improve healthcare in Sabah and Sarawak adding that he hoped all the plans could be implemented smoothly and as soon as possible.
Also agreed during the meeting was the merit in increasing parliamentary seats in Sabah and Sarawak in line with the spirit of the Malaysia formation to which the Prime Minister said the proposal will be brought to the Federal Cabinet for discussion.