Legality of Sarawak’s petroleum sales tax hinges on MA63

Dateline 2019-11-28, Malaysian Reserve:

THE court will decide the legitimacy of the imposition of the sales tax by Sarawak on petroleum products based on the Constitution and what is provided under the agreement when the East Malaysia state joined Malaysia 56 years ago.

The state, which is rich with petroleum resources, imposed a 5% sales tax on petroleum products – crude oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, chemical-based fertilisers and gas-to-liquid products — sourced from the state early this year.

Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has not paid the additional sales taxes for its oil and gas (O&G) exploration activities in the state.

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