Dateline 2017-11-17, The Malaysian Insight:
IN the latest move by Sarawak to reclaim its constitutional rights, the state government has told Petronas to get the necessary mining permits in a move seen as exerting its mining rights.
Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said even though the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) gave the national petroleum company the right to explore and mine for petroleum in Sarawak, the state still retains the right to issuing mining leases.
He said the rights are listed in the federal constitution.
“The power of the state to issue mining leases remains in the state list of the federal constitution.