Masing: Budget allocation does not reflect a ‘fair share’ for Borneo states

Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, Nov 7: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said that the allocation in Budget 2021 does not reflect the equality of the three regions in the Federation of Malaysia.

Masing who is also Infrastructure and Ports Development Minister in a statement said Budget 2021 was disproportionate and it neglects the needs for infrastructure development in the two eastern states on Borneo Island.


“The disproportionate allocation of funds, Malaya (RM46.4 billion), Sarawak (RM4.6 billion) and Sabah (RM5.2 billion) shows that the 2021 budget ignores land size and the needs of the two eastern states in Borneo in their infrastructure development.

“It has little regard to the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) understanding which resulted in the formation of Malaysia.

“The Federation of Malaysia was formed by (the) merger of three equal regions, Malaya, Sarawak and Sabah,” he said.

Masing asserted that the allocation provided in Budget 2021 by the federal government was akin to the mindset of colonial powers on their colonies.  —DayakDaily