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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Shafie: Sabah should share oil wealth



Shafie Apdal, a major figure in Sabah Umno, said Pakatan Rakyat's promise to increase Sabah's oil royalty receipts to 20 percent should be rejected because the state should share its wealth.

"I come from Sabah (and I am a) Malaysian citizen. Who doesn't want (20 percent oil royalty)? But we are aware (and) know that we must share," said Shafie when met at a function in Kuala Lumpur today.

Of late, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has been leading Pakatan's charge in Sabah, with the 20 percent royalty promiseas the centrepiece of their campaign. 

Sabah Pakatan's shadow budget had also provided a preview as to how the extra funds derived from oil royalty could be spent to increase the disposable income of Sabahans and improve their socio-economic status.

For Shafie, Pakatan and Anwar's campaign strategy was an attempt to cause a split between Sabah and the rest of Malaysia. 

"Anwar goes to Sabah and claim that if they rule, he will provide 20 percent oil royalty. 

"If you want to fish for votes, please don't cause a rift among the people," he said.
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