Share O&G rev­enue with the peo­ple, Sarawak govt told

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KUCHING: The Sarawak gov­ern­ment should se­ri­ously con­tem­plate shar­ing its wealth, par­tic­u­larly rev­enue gen­er­ated from oil and gas, with the peo­ple of Sarawak, says for­mer state as­sis­tant min­is­ter Datuk David Teng.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the Sarawak gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to col­lect RM3.5 bil­lion from the new sales tax on petroleum prod­ucts, which is in ad­di­tion to the five per cent roy­alty it cur­rently re­ceives.

“That amount (RM3.5 bil­lion), if it were to be di­vided by 2.7 mil­lion Sarawakians, would mean each one of us will get RM1,400 a year. We are al­ready get­ting five per cent in roy­alty. With the five per cent in sales tax, that’s 10 per cent.

“Ide­ally, part of it should go di­rectly to the peo­ple and the rest to the state (cof­fers) be­cause the state needs money for pub­lic pur­poses,” said Teng, who is Sarawak Cul­ture Re­search In­sti­tute So­ci­ety pres­i­dent.

He was speak­ing at a talk on the spe­cial po­si­tion and safe­guards for Sarawak un­der Malaysia Agree­ment 1963, or­gan­ised by Sarawak Pa­tri­ots As­so­ci­a­tion here on Fri­day night.

The for­mer Sarawak United Peo­ple’s Party (SUPP) trea­surer said by shar­ing the state’s wealth with all Sarawakians, the Sarawak gov­ern­ment would make fight­ing for Sarawakians more mean­ing­ful.

“A good gov­ern­ment is one that works for the peo­ple and share with the peo­ple. You (Sarawak gov­ern­ment) need them (the peo­ple) and there­fore your main ob­jec­tive must be to do good for them,” he said.

DATUK DAVID TENG

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