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Sabah and Sarawak the 'biggest losers'
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/fmt-engli...-biggest-losers
By Rahmah Ghazali

KUALA LUMPUR: Sabah and Sarawak have been “marginalised” in Budget 2011 despite bigger contributions to the government's coffers than its counterparts in the peninsula.

Tony Pua, DAP national publicity secretary, said that from the projects outlined, the peninsula is “by far the biggest beneficiary, with Sabah and Sarawak the biggest losers”.

He said the value of the projects in the peninsula amounted to a massive RM109.74 billion, compared to Sabah and Sarawak which only received a meagre RM9.55 billion.
Pua said this continued “marginalisation” would halt the country from becoming a high-income nation.

"Is this (justifiable)... when it is Sabah and Sarawak which have contributed the most to the federal government's coffers?

"And ironically, they are in need of funding to raise the standard of living of their people," he said.

Pua said that billion-ringgit projects for Peninsular Malaysia included the RM40 billion MRT (Mass Railway Transit) system for the Klang Valley, RM26 billion for KL International Financial District (KLIFD), RM10 billion worth of new highways, RM10 billion for mixed property development in Sungai Buloh and RM5 billion for the controversial 100-storey Warisan Merdeka.

Pua said the government has been “heavily dependent” on income contributed by the oil and gas sector, especially from Petronas which finances it in the form of income taxes, dividends, export duties as well as royalty payments.

These contributions formed an average of 40%, or more than RM60 billion annually of the government's total income over the past several years, he said.

Bigger gap

Sabah and Sarawak contributed 44.5% in terms of crude oil as well as 64.1% of natural gas production.

However, this was not reflected in the Ninth Malaysia Plan Mid-Term review, where Sabah and Sarawak remain among the poorest in the country.

"Based on the report in 2007, poverty in Peninsular Malaysia is 2.3%, while in Sarawak, it is nearly double at 4.3%.

"And in Sabah, it is nearly seven times higher at 16%," said Pua.

"Based on the 2009 data from the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development, 41% of both the states are without rural water supply, while it is only 10% in the peninsula.

"There's a bigger gap in rural electricity coverage, with 23% in Sabah and 33% in Sarawak but only 0.5% in Peninsular Malaysia," he said.

Sabah and Sarawak are also left behind in terms of infrastructure development, said Pua, although they constituted more than 60% of the land mass in the country.

They have only 6,390km of paved roads while the peninsula has more than three times the length at 21,589km
Crystallised Dream
Some have observed that Najib tends to go for similar stuff, his budgets aren't very revolutionary. I didn't like this year's budget as well.

I don't know man but I have mixed feelings about paved roads being a deciding factor in 'development'. You need to cut down more trees to make proper roads, and our rainforests have suffered enough. I personally think we do not need that many roads, just several efficient well-planned ones. Many roads doesn't necessarily = efficiency.
Ralf
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Sabah and Sarawak contributed 44.5% in terms of crude oil as well as 64.1% of natural gas production.
However, this was not reflected in the Ninth Malaysia Plan Mid-Term review, where Sabah and Sarawak remain among the poorest in the country.
This is cause for concern.
It would appear that these regions are supplying the resources, but not reaping the rewards.
I wonder what the government's long-term plan is.
layersuck
This have been known so long it up to younger generation to change the status quo to the original agreement. Political wrangling since the inception of both state have seen certain party are given privileges that is criminal in nature. They are in fact behave treacherously even to a point imaging what they did are good, so blind and delusional but without excuse.

Before long this land will be a wasteland children of the land will only see their land ravage. They can take the oil and gas but ravaging the land are unforgivable. Who else the biggest criminal it's our very own. 9 billions development budget are actually enough but corruption bleeds it to death. Our people must steadfast to undo the treachery remove them before the damage is irreversible both political, economically and environmentally all three are connected before it is to late.
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