Why Putrajaya can’t own state oil and gas

Deadline 2018-03-15, FMT:

State rights activist Zulfaqar Sa’adi has voiced concern over the possibility that the federal government will eventually claim to be the rightful owner of oil and gas resources belonging to Sarawak.

Speaking to FMT, he said he feared that Putrajaya would interpret its right of sovereignty over the states of the federation as meaning that it could claim property rights as well.

That would be erroneous, he said, citing Section 75 of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Article 12 (1) of the Sarawak constitution.

He said the documents explicitly showed that lands, including those covered by water, as well as everything attached to them, were state property.


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