October 26, 2018
Dateline 2018-07-31, Borneo Post:
The Pakatan Harapan (PH) federal government has altered its promise of 20 per cent oil and gas royalty to Sarawak, after the Sarawak government chose not to accept the condition set in their ‘New Deal Agreement’ prior to the 14th general election.
PH Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, who announced this to reporters outside Parliament in Kuala Lumpur yesterday, said while the oil and gas royalty will be retained at five per cent, the state will receive an additional 20 per cent in oil profits.
According to him, the promises of 20 per cent of oil and gas royalty to Sarawak and 50 per cent of tax revenue collected in Sarawak to be returned to the state come with an underlying condition, in that the Sarawak government must use the funds on education and healthcare development.
September 29, 2018
Dateline 2018-07-12, Borneo Post:
State Reform Party Sarawak (STAR) president Lina Soo described it as outrageous when Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen defended the federal government and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) by objecting to the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 (OMO58) which pre-dates the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74).
Soo said by voicing his objection to the Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN), Chong was in effect rejecting Sarawak’s rights to its oil and gas resources and giving the rights absolutely to Petronas on a silver platter.
“What is wrong with Sarawak asserting its authority and power to regulate the mining industry in Sarawak?” she asked in a press statement yesterday.
Soo asked if Chong was implying that Petronas has the power to subvert the sovereignty of Sarawak and its protective municipal laws; namely Order in Council 1954, Land Code 1958, OMO58, and Supplementary Deed 1965.
September 28, 2018
Dateline 2018-07-11, Borneo Post:
KOTA Sentosa (PH-DAP) assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen has questioned the consistency of the Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and wants the conflict of law issue be resolved.
He said by looking into the Bill, there are likely to be inconsistency in terms of regulation that will be formulated by Sarawak against the existing regulation that was regulated by Petronas pursuant to the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974.
He said in light of that inconsistency to the amended Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO), the PDA would prevail over it.
“By tabling and passing the Bill today in this august House, let the people of Sarawak not be deceived that we are claiming ownership of the oil and gas resources.
“At the most, what you are going to claim is the power to regulate the industry while ownership still remains in Petronas.
July 14, 2018
Dateline 2018-06-06, NST:
Sarawak Pakatan Harapan has urged the state government to amend the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA).
Its chairman Chong Chieng Jen said if this was not done, the ownership and control of oil and gas industry in Sarawak would remain with Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas).
He said the Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg had refused to do so and insisted that PDA was irrelevant in Sarawak.
“He (Abang Johari) has been saying the PDA is irrelevant and claimed that the state has the full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry, with the establishment of the Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros).
September 8, 2016
Dateline 2016-08-05, FMT:
PKR lawmaker Rafizi Ramli believes introducing quotas for Sarawakians in Petronas’ operations in Sarawak will do them more harm than good.
Referring to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen’s suggestion yesterday that Petronas have a 70 per cent quota of home-grown management and middle management staff in the state’s operations, Rafizi said he understood the sentiments of Sarawakians, but imposing such quotas could be detrimental to the staff.
“All Petronas executives are taken from the company’s headquarters and reassigned to the various units and subsidiaries around the world, as the oil company’s operations covered upstream, gas, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), oil refineries, petrochemicals, and downstream activities, such as marketing and international trade.