Sarawak party says state should claim ownership of its oil


Dateline 2020-03-14, Malay Mail:

After the High Court ruled that the state has the right to impose sales tax on petroleum products, the next step is for the state government to declare the ownership and economic rights over oil and gas resources, Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) stressed today.

Its president Lina Soo suggested this could be done by passing legislation in the State Legislative Assembly to repudiate the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) and Territorial Sea Act (TSA).

“Both the PDA and TSA have impinged upon Sarawak’s territorial integrity over our petroleum resources and territorial waters, and by not seeking a constitutional redress, our sovereignty will be compromised in acquiescence as silence will be taken to mean consent,” she asserted.

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