Sarawak’s oil for Sarawak

March 1, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-26, FMT:

Suarah Petroleum Group (SPG) would like to refer to the various statements by the CEO of Petronas, Wan Dzulkiflee Wan Ariffin, and Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, as reported recently.

SPG reiterates the bigger picture that our stance, and we believe that of the Sarawak government as well, is based on the inequitable distribution of wealth and continuing poor management of Sarawak’s oil and gas resources that is the genesis of the situation which now manifests in our current disagreement with the federal government and Petronas.

To say or imply in any way that Sarawak’s demands are driven by short-term objectives or simply wanting larger royalty now is an over-simplification and misinformation that certain parties have put forward to mask the genuine and legitimate concerns of Sarawak that underpin SPG’s and the Sarawak government’s position.

Malaysia’s PM Mahathir considering selling stakes in Petronas to Sabah and Sarawak

February 4, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-11, Straits Times:

Malaysia is considering selling stakes in energy giant Petronas to two of its 13 states where the company’s oil and gas fields are, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told Reuters, in a bid to raise funds for the debt-laden government.

Such a move may also give states such as Sarawak and Sabah a say in the running of Petronas, the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas.

Tun Dr Mahathir said on Tuesday in an interview that the government could not meet a demand made by the states for a quadrupling of the royalties paid by the government-owned company to 20 per cent of its profit.

A more progressive solution than fuel subsidy

December 19, 2019

Dateline 2019-10-14, FMT:

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail has finally announced the targeted Petroleum Subsidy Programme (PSP), mooted almost a year ago.

In this scheme, RON95 petrol will be floated and Cost of Living Aid (BSH) recipients will receive between RM48 (for motorcycle owners) and RM120 (for car owners) every four months.

The move will cost the government approximately RM65.4 million a month or RM784 million annually.

Fuel subsidy programme to begin in January

December 16, 2019

Dateline 2019-10-12, The Star:

The RM2.2bil fuel Targeted Subsidy Programme (PSP) will be launched in January next year and is expected to benefit more than eight million motorists.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said individuals who owned not more than two cars and two motorcycles were eligible to receive PSP for one vehicle.

The qualifying criteria is for the passenger car to have a 1,600cc engine and below or 1,600cc and above which is more than 10 years old.

2020 Budget: RM2.2 billion for targeted fuel subsidy scheme

December 15, 2019

Dateline 2019-10-11, NST:

The government will allocate RM2.2 billion for the proposed Fuel Subsidy Programme (PSP), which is set to benefit more than eight million motorists nationwide.

Motorists in Sabah and Sarawak, meanwhile, will continue to enjoy a fuel price ceiling of RM2.08 per litre for RON95 and RM2.18 per litre for diesel, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in his 2020 Budget speech today.

“Should the Sabah or Sarawak governments wish to participate in the PSP, the federal government is ready to accept the request.

“Individuals who own no more than two cars and two motorcycles are eligible to receive PSP for (only) one vehicle. All luxury vehicles will not qualify to receive the targeted subsidies,” he said.

He said the PSP will be launched in Peninsular Malaysia in January next year, with two eligible recipient categories.

RON95 subsidy plan is ready

November 22, 2019

Dateline 2019-09-28, The Star:

THE government will use electricity bills to determine those who will be eligible for RON95 petrol subsidies, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Chong Chieng Jen said only those who are in the B40 category, with monthly bills of between RM100 and RM200, will be eligible.

“The use of electricity bills is only a reference point, ” Chong said in an exclusive interview with the paper.

The proposed mechanism, he said, will be submitted to the Cabinet in October.

Petrol dealers laud direct transfer of fuel subsidy to B40

May 27, 2019

Dateline 2019-04-11, Malaysian Reserve:

PETROL dealers associations applaud the government’s proposal to deposit fuel subsidy directly into recipients’ accounts as it is a win-win solution for all.

The dealers said the direct debit method to recipients’ bank accounts would save the government and petrol station operators from having to incur transaction costs, while promoting a systematic and seamless disbursement of funds.

Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia president Datuk Khairul Annuar Abdul Aziz told The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) that the mechanism, should it be implemented, would allay concerns of additional cost, backlog and congestion issues among users and dealers at the petrol stations.

Over 50 proposals submitted on petrol subsidy system

January 26, 2019

Dateline 2018-12-21, Malaysian Reserve:

The government has received more than 50 proposals to develop a nation-wide petrol subsidy distribution checking and monitoring system, a project which will allow only eligible Malaysians to buy fuel at discounted price at petrol stations.

The fuel subsidy programme for targeted recipients, which was announced during the tabling of the 2019 budget, is expected to be rolled out by the second quarter of next year.

But the system to be selected for the scheme must be secure and abuse-proof as the subsidy will involve millions of Malaysians who use over 1.2 billion litres of fuel monthly.

A source close to the development said the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has received over 50 proposals to develop the fuel subsidy distribution system before the tender deadline, which ended on Dec 10.

Govt seeks to decrease oil production to stabilise prices

January 11, 2019

Dateline 2018-12-04, The Star:

Malaysia will seek to decrease oil production in order to stabilise global oil prices, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (pic).

“Even though we are not a member of Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), it needs the support of small producers like Malaysia to help stabilise the price of petroleum,” the Economic Affairs Minis­ter said.

Malaysia will take part in the Opec discussion in Vienna today.

Member and non-member countries are set to reach an accord over possible output cuts to address falling crude oil prices.

At present, Brent crude oil prices stand at US$62.34 (RM260) per barrel, compared to US$70 (RM292) a barrel when Budget 2019 was tabled on Nov 2.


I told you so, Najib says on budget after drop in crude oil price

January 3, 2019

Dateline 2018-11-14, FMT:

Former prime minister Najib Razak continued to pour scorn on Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) maiden budget today, saying its decision to formulate the budget based on the Brent crude oil price of US$72 per barrel had backfired.

Najib (BN-Pekan) said he had warned the government, during his debate on the mid-term review of the 11th Malaysia Plan, not to use the pricing of US$70 per barrel to formulate the budget.

He noted that back then, the crude oil price was US$80 a barrel.