The process on the appointment of Sabah and Sarawak representatives in the the Inland Revenue Board (IR) board of directors is expected to be tabled in the next Parliament sitting scheduled from Oct 9 to Nov 30.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah, Sarawak Affairs and Special Functions) Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali said this would involved the tabling of the amendment bill, which ismis important to strengthen the appointment process through legislation.
Although representatives from Sabah and Sarawak are now on the IRB Board of Directors, the appointments were done administratively and are retractable, he said, adding that the Federal Cabinet on June 5 this year passed a proposal to amend the IRB Act to provide for the appointment of the Sabah and Sarawak representatives as IRB Board Members.
"We know the importance of having representatives (from) Sabah and Sarawak so that Sabah and Sarawak have access to information related to revenue collection to make other demands, for example, related to special grants," he added.
He said this to reporters after a “Wacana MADANI” programme with the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Sabah, Sarawak Affairs and Special Funnctions), MA63: Sabah's 60-Year Aspirations in Malaysia at Menara Kinabalu here today.
Armizan, who is Papar Member of Parliament, said the move was a commitment by the Federal Government that reflects the political will to interpret the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), particularly in resolving the pending issues in the agreement.
He said the matter was one of the pending issues in MA63 and had been raised by the Sabah and Sarawak governments in the MA63 Special Council Meeting on Oct 18 last year.
The membership of Sabah and Sarawak representatives in the IRM was halted when the IRB and related laws were abolished and regulated by the IRB Department starting in 1967 and then continued by the IRB which was established in 1996 under the IRB Act.
Meanwhile, Armizan reminded all parties to give meaning to the struggle for the demands in MA63 so that it can be implemented through the union and the Federal Constitution as a reference, as well as the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) report.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency