December 24, 2020
Dateline 2020-12-08, Straits Times:
Sabah will follow Sarawak in pursuing its rights, particularly where oil and gas are concerned.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Jeffrey Kitingan congratulated Sarawak for reclaiming its rights, adding that the Sabah government would ensure the same for the state.
He was referring to the Sarawak government signing a commercial agreement with Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) on Monday which allows the state, through its subsidiary Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), to play a bigger role in the oil and gas industry through cooperation with Petronas.
“Kudos to the Sarawak government for reclaiming their rights. It is no secret that the Sarawak government had been doing all the heavy lifting in this fight and we are grateful for their efforts.
November 26, 2019
Dateline 2019-09-30, FMT:
Sabah opposition leader Jeffrey Kitingan yesterday hit out at the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government over Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s remark that it is impossible to give the East Malaysian states the 20% oil royalty, calling this at odds with Putrajaya’s “Shared Prosperity” vision for the country.
November 6, 2018
Dateline 2018-08-14, Borneo Post:
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal will announce an enactment on mineral resources that will allow the state government to regulate the oil industry over its land and water in the future.
Shafie said this at the State Assembly in response to another additional question posed by Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan on whether the state government would emulate Sarawak and activate the mining and land ordinance laws to regulate the Sabah oil industry.
“Indeed, that is always in our thoughts. Soon I will have an enactment associated with minerals, but we are looking at two sectors. Whether it will be in the power over land, if it is in the field of land (it will cover) only mainland and where the offshore, you cannot do anything.
“But if it covers up the whole thing that is related to the ordinance of available mineral resources, I am confident that this will further empower the state government. I hope that YB Tambunan can provide support when I present this ordinance,” he quipped.
Shafie will also lead the pursuit of Sabah’s 40% oil net revenue owed by the federal government to the state as stated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Schedule 10, Article 112 of the Federal Constitution.
October 6, 2018
Dateline 2018-07-20, FMT:
Opposition Sabah politician Jefferey Kitingan has proposed two dates by which the Pakatan Harapan federal government may honour its manifesto promise of a 20% oil royalty payment to Sabah and other oil-producing states.
Kitingan, president of the local STAR party, suggested Sept 1 or Jan 1 as the date by which oil royalty should be paid, and urged Parti Warisan Sabah, allies of Pakatan Harapan, to push for a firm date.
However, an activist for states’ rights has questioned whether the federal government would pay royalties or a share of the profits earned by national oil company Petronas.
July 12, 2018
Oo, does that mean we will have ‘Malay’ and ‘Sia Republic’?
Dateline 2018-06-06, FMT:
Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) president Jeffrey Kitingan today warned that any court ruling favouring Petronas in the matter of petroleum resources ownership could signal “the end” of Malaysia.
“If the federal government insists on this, we will go back to the basis of the formation of Malaysia.
“What do they want to do? Break up Malaysia? This is a big case, and I am surprised the state government is not saying anything about it,” he told reporters after attending the annual Double Six memorial day here.
May 13, 2018
Dateline 2018-03-10, FMT:
While the Sarawak government should be lauded for re-asserting statutory regulatory control over its oil and gas resources, Sarawakians ought to be wary and fully understand the implications of the recent announcement, says Jeffrey Kitingan.
The president of Sabah opposition party, Star, said in a statement today that he agreed with Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg on the constitutional right of the Borneo states over its natural resources, including oil and gas, as per the State List in the 9th Schedule of the federal constitution.
“Land is clearly a state matter and the development of these resources by the federation under item 8(j) of the Federal List is subject to Item 2(c) of the State List.
“Under Section 24 of the Sabah Land Ordinance (Cap. 68), all minerals, precious stones and mineral oils which includes petroleum and gas belongs to the Sabah government,” the Bingkor assemblyman said.
June 19, 2014
Yeah, why dontcha?
Dateline 2014-04-26, Free Malaysia Today:
Chief Minister Musa Aman’s move to use bloggers to stoke discussions on Sabah’s oil and gas rights is a cowardice act, even if it is merely to gauge the federal government’s receptiveness, said political maverick Jeffrey Kitingan.
“It is not proper and transparent governance. The suggestion (to use bloggers to fight his battles) came up after he (Musa) refused to discuss the matter in depth during assembly.
“The Chief Minister should realise that it is not wrong for him and the state government to demand for ownership of Petronas.
November 23, 2013
Dateline 2013-10-13,Daily Express:
It is the legal duty and moral obligation of the Sabah Government and every Sabah MP to take immediate steps and by all available means to regain Sabah’s oil ownership, said Sabah Star Chief Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.
Commenting on the public debate between Tan Sri Harris Salleh and Datuk Yong Teck Lee at the Sabah Golf and Country Club on Friday night, he said the “explanation” of Harris was that he had no choice but to sign the 1976 Oil Agreement with Petronas and receive five per cent cash payment for Sabah’s oil as the Federal Government had stated that Sabah’s oil found offshore belonged to the Federal Government and signing and getting five per cent was better than getting nothing at all.
September 9, 2012
Guess what topic related to O&G is hot on the political bucket lists nowadays? Puchong wants it petroleum royalties, sorry wang ehsan as well.
Maverick politician Jeffrey Kitingan warned the ruling Umno-BN state government not to use Sabah’s oil riches as an election gimmick to gain favour with the electorate.
He said the “so-called review will test the sincerity” of the federal government and the Sabah leaders as well as the “extent of the federal-state relationship.”
“If Musa is truly a Sabahan at heart, this is the most opportune time to not only seek a review but to demand and negotiate a new deal for Sabah’s oil and gas resources for the benefit of Sabah and its future.