October 16, 2012
Suspicious, really? Noooooo…
A coalition of pressure groups plans to hand the prime minister a petition over the Kelantan oil royalty issue carrying 150,000 signatures on October 3, the news portal Harakahdaily reported yesterday.
Early last month, Putrajaya set up a panel to resolve the long-standing issue that is expected to be a major campaign point for the PAS-led Kelantan state government in the coming general election.
The Kelantan government had previously been suspicious about the Najib administration’s forming of the oil royalty panel so close to the polls and asked for it to finish the probe in three months instead of the earlier planned six months.
On October 3, a convoy lead by the coalition calling itself “Royalti” will converge at the Federal Court in Putrajaya to pledge their support for a fair distribution of oil royalty to Kelantan.
September 17, 2012
Oh, please, what do you mean ‘claim’?
Kelantan state exco Husam Musa has claimed that plans are afoot to build pipes to channel oil resources extracted from Bunga Kamelia zone in Kelantan to Kemaman in Terengganu.
Husam said starting next year, national oil giant Petronas would land gas in Terengganu, after extracting it from Block PM301 in Bunga Kamelia zone, which falls under Kelantan’s territory.
August 21, 2012
Is Lawit really in Kelantanase waters?
Menteri Besar Kelantan Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat said he will be seeking an audience with the Sultan of Kelantan to get the Sultan’s consent on the state government’s choice to represent Kelantan in the Special Committee on Petroleum Revenue which was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today.
He said the Kelantan government had yet to make a decision as to who would be picked for the committee.
July 18, 2012
Isn’t this really outdated. How do I get onto this gravy boat?
State oil firm Petronas signed three production sharing contracts with the exploration arm of U.S. firm Hess Corp on Thursday, kicking off a $5.2 billion gas project off Malaysia’s east coast.
The North Malay Basin project, comprising nine gas fields about 300 km (186 miles) off the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, is aimed at securing new gas supplies for Petronas as it faces a supply crunch.
August 2, 2010
Taken from the Malaysian Insider, dateline 2010-08-30:
The Kelantan state government claims PETRONAS owes the state RM800 million per annum from the Kelantan-Thailand offshore area since 2005.
The Kelantan government filed a suit today at the High Court here against the oil giant for breaching the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974 by failing to pay the state oil royalties.
“The worth of condensate (gas liquid) comes to about US$8.5 billion per annum from the joint development offshore area with Thailand,” said state executive councillor Datuk Husam Musa.
“Five per cent of that belongs to Malaysia, which is RM1.7 billion. Half of that belongs to Kelantan which is RM800 million. Petronas owes Kelantan RM800 million per annum since 2005,” he added.
The Kelantan state government said today that Petronas owes the state oil royalties from at least four offshore areas from which oil has been extracted from. These are Kelantan, Kelantan-Thailand, Kelantan-Vietnam and Kelantan-Terengganu.
March 17, 2010
Taken from Bernama, dateline 2010-03-11:
KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 (Bernama) — Kelantan is not entitled to claim oil royalty outside its territorial waters because the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 1969 is still enforced, said a law practitioner.
Datuk Mohd Hafarizam Harun said provision No.7 of the Ordinance stipulated that the state’s boundary which is the state’s land mass and its territorial waters stretched three nautical miles measured from the low-tide water mark.
However, two oil wells disputed by the Kelantan state government are located outside the ‘area’.
“To my knowledge, the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 1969 is still in force and has not been abolished by the government. In fact, there are Ordinances formulated at that time, such as ESCAR (Essential (Security Cases) Regulations 1975), which are still in force,” he said when contacted by BERNAMA, here Thursday.
He was commenting on the statement by former Sarawak chief minister Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub, who supported the stand of the Federal Government that the State Government was not entitled to claim the oil royalty unless it could prove that the state’s territorial waters exceeded three nautical miles.
And here’s more fuel to the fire.