Chief minister: Only state govt can issue licences to oil and gas companies operating in Sarawak

August 19, 2019

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.


CM: Oil and gas complex will boost development in Sarawak’s north

July 8, 2019

And China has a base in North Sarawak.

Dateline 2019-06-10, The Star:

A proposed integrated oil and gas complex in Lawas will help boost development in Sarawak’s northern region, says Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

The Chief Minister said the US$5bil (RM20.8bil) project by China’s Beijing Beca Sci-Tech Co Ltd and Sinopec Engineering Incorporation would create jobs and spread development to the area.

“This will be a game changer for northern Sarawak, particularly Lawas and Limbang.


Sarawak launches Asean’s first integrated hydrogen production plant

July 4, 2019

Is this renewable energy?

Dateline 2019-05-27, Malay Mail:

Sarawak is poised to become a world exporter of hydrogen following the launch of Southeast Asia’s first integrated hydrogen production plant and refuelling station here today.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said a potential overseas investor had shown interest in setting up a plant to produce hydrogen here and buy the product back to replace nuclear power in their country.

“I cannot reveal the details yet because negotiations are still on and there is a possibility of Sarawak becoming a world exporter of hydrogen that will give extra revenue to power our economy in the long run,” he told reporters after the launch of the plant and refuelling station being undertaken by Sarawak Energy, an energy development company, in collaboration with Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Linde Malaysia.


Share seismic data on oil and gas resources, Sarawak CM urges Petronas

June 6, 2019

What is this Petros you speak about? Was it part of King’s Landing? And talk about the crown jewels.

Dateline 2019-04-14, Malay Mail:

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Abang Johari Openg today asked Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to share its seismic data on oil and gas reserves in the state’s territorial boundary with Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros).

“They have the seismic data. We want to know the data. Let’s share the data with Petros,” he said when addressing the Sarawak Oil and Gas Seminar and Exhibition here.


Abang Johari: No multi-layer sales tax on petroleum products

January 25, 2019

Dateline 2018-12-14, FMT:

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today clarified that only the export sales tax will be imposed on petroleum products.

Clarifying that there would be no multi-layer sales tax on petroleum products, he said there was a lot of misunderstanding on the export sales tax for petroleum and gas product,s which was announced in the state assembly last month.

“People in the industry interpreted that raw materials (sold) to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant will be taxed at 5% and there will be another 5% tax when the LNG is produced and exported, which is not the case.


Laying claim on oil and gas

January 10, 2019

Dateline 2018-12-04, Borneo Post:

Sarawak is merely exercising its rights over oil and gas found in the state’s waters and shores.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg says in this context, Sarawak is not making any demands over the matter as it involves what rightfully belongs to the state.

“It is just a matter of rights. It is not demanding. If it is your house, and you want your house to be fenced up, that is what you want.

“That is not amounting to ‘demand’. That is just (our) right. Rights can be negotiated,” he told reporters after officiating at Zamalah Wartawan Malaysia organised by Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) here yesterday.


Sarawak to impose sales tax on petroleum products

December 22, 2018

Does this include plastics?

Dateline 2018-11-05, Malay Mail:

The Sarawak state government will impose 5 per cent sales tax on all petroleum products next year, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today.

“This will take effect on January 1 next year,” he said when tabling the state Budget 2019 in the state legislative assembly.