DAP: Sarawak must bring 2 Acts on oil and gas rights to court

Dateline 2018-03-10, FMT:

A Sarawak DAP leader says the only way for Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg to redeem himself following his claim that the Petroleum Development Act 1976 (PDA) and the Territorial Sea Act 2012 (TSA) are null and void is by taking the issue to court.

Irene Mary Chang, who is Sarawak DAP director of women’s affairs’ bureau, said it was wrong of Johari to say that these two laws are not applicable in Sarawak anymore following his announcement on Tuesday that the state would assume full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry in Sarawak.

“To declare these two legislations as null and void and therefore have no application in Sarawak, the CM has to first bring the matter before the Courts of Law for such a declaration.

“And until the Courts declare as such, the acts are in force and are applicable in Sarawak. To say otherwise is to give people false hope and the state government owes it to the people to set the matter right,” she said.

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