Dateline 2018-03-10, FMT:
While the Sarawak government should be lauded for re-asserting statutory regulatory control over its oil and gas resources, Sarawakians ought to be wary and fully understand the implications of the recent announcement, says Jeffrey Kitingan.
The president of Sabah opposition party, Star, said in a statement today that he agreed with Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg on the constitutional right of the Borneo states over its natural resources, including oil and gas, as per the State List in the 9th Schedule of the federal constitution.
“Land is clearly a state matter and the development of these resources by the federation under item 8(j) of the Federal List is subject to Item 2(c) of the State List.
“Under Section 24 of the Sabah Land Ordinance (Cap. 68), all minerals, precious stones and mineral oils which includes petroleum and gas belongs to the Sabah government,” the Bingkor assemblyman said.