Petronas pays over 2bn ringgit in sales tax to Sarawak

If TSWZ stepped down due to “fighting demands”, what does that say of the current leadership?

Dateline 2020-09-18, Argus:

Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas has paid the country’s Sarawak state over 2bn ringgit ($480mn) in sales taxes on oil products for 2019, putting a dent in the oil firm’s coffers just weeks after it posted a 21bn ringgit loss for April-June.

“The payment represents Petronas’ full and final settlement for the sales tax for the year 2019 and is evidence of Petronas’ commitment towards achieving a commercial resolution,” the company said. “The payment for year 2020 will be made upon assessments by the Sarawak Comptroller of State Sales Tax.”

The move follows a long dispute that led to Petronas’ former chief executive Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin stepping down after fighting demands by Sarawak, the country’s biggest oil-producing state, for additional tax payments.

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