Dateline 2019-07-05, Malay Mail:
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg clarified today said that only the Sarawak state government can issue licences to oil and gas companies operating in its territorial waters.
“We have never given up the licensing right to Petronas. It is in the Malaysian Constitution. It is our right. How can we give up our right? It is just speculation,” he told reporters after handing over Petronas sponsorships for Sarawak students here today.
The chief minister was asked if it is true that the state government has given up its authority to issue licences to oil and gas companies to Petronas.