Dateline 2018-07-12, Borneo Post:
State Reform Party Sarawak (STAR) president Lina Soo described it as outrageous when Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen defended the federal government and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) by objecting to the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 (OMO58) which pre-dates the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74).
Soo said by voicing his objection to the Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN), Chong was in effect rejecting Sarawak’s rights to its oil and gas resources and giving the rights absolutely to Petronas on a silver platter.
“What is wrong with Sarawak asserting its authority and power to regulate the mining industry in Sarawak?” she asked in a press statement yesterday.
Soo asked if Chong was implying that Petronas has the power to subvert the sovereignty of Sarawak and its protective municipal laws; namely Order in Council 1954, Land Code 1958, OMO58, and Supplementary Deed 1965.