Federalism: When states want more

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Recently, Johor and Penang have made headlines with their push for a larger share of the taxes they collect.

Johor, at the urging of regent Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, is seeking 20-30% of its collected taxes while Penang is seeking 20%.

These demands are raising important questions about decentralisation and financial autonomy.

Additionally, Sabah and Sarawak’s unique position under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 adds to the complexity of these discussions.

How should Malaysia navigate the demands for greater funds? Astro Awani’s Melisa Idris speaks to economist Prof Jomo Kwame Sundaram, and Dr Tricia Yeoh, the CEO of Ideas Malaysia.

Produced by: Astro Awani

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