Sabah and Sarawak can do it on their own. All revenues should stay in these two areas and should not be sent to peninsular Malaysia. A kind of modern day leach. Add more members of parliament from Sabah and Sarawak so that they have more voice in decision making that affects the people. It's unfair that they have less members compared to smaller states who have more but generates less revenue. Spend all taxes in Sabah and Sarawak for the betterment of the people. There should be more representation in the parliament.
1. Report by PSC on Electoral Reform passed in Parliament (Update 3/4/2012)
- Delineation of constituencies: A study conducted to see whether Dewan Rakyat seats can be equally divided among Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. The report also suggested that the total number of seats in the Dewan Rakyat be balanced between seats in Peninsular Malaysia, with seats in Sabah and Sarawak.
2. 1963 - 70% living under poverty line. Reduced to 16.4% in 2007. Figures confirmed by World Bank (World Bank sent delegation to Sabah in September 2010).
"The State Economic Planning Unit (EPU) of the Chief Ministers Department has refuted the news report that Sabah is the poorest state in the country, saying poverty rate in the state was reduced from 24.2% in 2004 to 16.4% in 2007.
In a rebuttal issued yesterday, the State EPU said the World Bank had acknowledged in its Inclusive Growth report on 10 Nov that between 1976 and 2004, the State and Federal Government had made great strides in poverty reduction, so much so that the number of poor households in Sabah had been reduced from more than 50% in 1976 to 24.2% by the end of 2004.
“These are facts which are borne out by official statistics based on the Household Income Survey (HIS) which is carried out at periodic intervals by the Department of Statistics.
“The Sabah State EPU also wishes to state the fact that based on the Household Income Survey, the State Government under Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman had successfully reduced the incidence of household poverty in Sabah from 24.2% in 2004 to 16.4% in 2007.
“If not for the ensuing financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 and the resultant increase in the prices of many essential items such as food and transportation due to the reduction in fuel subsidies, the Sabah EPU is confident that the incidence of household poverty would have been reduced much further.
According to the State EPU, the mean monthly gross income of Sabahans had at the same time increased from RM2,593 in 2004 to RM3,102 in 2009, a very respectable average growth of 5.3% annually for the period 2004-2009, which is better than many states in Malaysia.
Meanwhile, income distribution data from the HIS also indicated that for the same period the number of Sabahans enjoying income of between RM1,000 to RM1,999 had increased substantially by 2009."