PAKATAN Harapan (PH) has promised to give Sabah and Sarawak a deputy prime minister’s post in the federal government and a bigger share of revenues if the coalition captures Putrajaya in the 14th general election.
Under its six-point manifesto, PH will create a second deputy prime minister post to represent the two states.
The manifesto also promised to limit the Sabah chief minister’s term to two and the sitting chief minister will not be allowed to hold any other senior ministerial positions at the same time.
Currently, Barisan Nasional’s (BN) chief minister Musa Aman also holds the finance minister position in the Sabah cabinet. Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali also oversees the finance and economic portfolios.
The devolution of powers cover the areas of education, health, transport, tourism and social security.
The PH manifesto for Sabah and Sarawak was launched by PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, in Kota Kinabalu today.
PH also promised to review and act on the 2012 Royal Commission of Inquiry report on illegal immigrants to resolve the long-standing identification card issue. The coalition will also clean up the state’s electoral roll.
The manifesto also promised to increase Sabah’s petroleum royalty from 5% to 20% and return 50% of the revenue collected from Sabah back to the state.
On education, PH said it will introduce and implement an education policy based on Sabah’s identity and prioritising the English language.
Sabah PH chairman Christina Liew said PH had prepared three manifestos, with two of them being specifically tailored for Sabah and Sarawak.
“This manifesto will be the basis of the Sabah PH manifesto and it will be refined further along the way.
“We expect to have a more comprehensive manifesto when the government calls for elections,” she said.
Among those present at the launch were PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, DAP acting chairperson Tan Kok Wai, Sabah DAP chief Stephen Wong and Sabah Amanah chief Hamzah Abdullah.
According to Liew, Sabah PH will also relook its past manifestos from 2008 and 2013 and adjust them to suit the present demands of Sabahans as well formulate new ones along the way.
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