Dateline 2018-01-30, Malay Mail Online:
The Sarawak state government said it will exert its mining rights, including oil mining, despite Petronas having the legal right to explore and mine for petroleum in state territorial waters.
Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said mining was part of the rights of Sarawak enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
He said the state government has also directed Petronas to consult the state on the utilisation of gas from any new fields.
“This is to ensure that Sarawak has the first right of refusal in using the new sources of gas for the development of our oil and gas industries as well as the development of other industries in Sarawak,” he said in his speech at the special sitting to mark the 150th anniversary of the state legislative assembly.