Chong questions consistency of Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill

Dateline 2018-07-11, Borneo Post:

KOTA Sentosa (PH-DAP) assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen has questioned the consistency of the Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and wants the conflict of law issue be resolved.

He said by looking into the Bill, there are likely to be inconsistency in terms of regulation that will be formulated by Sarawak against the existing regulation that was regulated by Petronas pursuant to the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974.

He said in light of that inconsistency to the amended Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO), the PDA would prevail over it.

“By tabling and passing the Bill today in this august House, let the people of Sarawak not be deceived that we are claiming ownership of the oil and gas resources.

“At the most, what you are going to claim is the power to regulate the industry while ownership still remains in Petronas.

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