Sarawak party urges state govt to impose 20pc sales tax on petroleum

February 2, 2019

Dateline 2018-12-30, Malay Mail:

State Reform Party (STAR) president Lina Soo today urged the Sarawak government to impose a 20 per cent sales tax on petroleum and petroleum products to fund schools and infrastructures.

She said the state government should also start a sovereign fund for the future generations from a certain percentage of the revenue collected from the sales tax.

“It is time that Sarawak starts looking after ourselves to catch up with the other states, instead of being their cash cow for as long as we remain in the Federation of Malaysia,” Soo said.


Celebrating 108th anniversary of the ‘Grand Old Lady’

January 27, 2019

Dateline 2018-12-23, Borneo Post:

While Chinese families celebrated the Winter Solstice Festival with family gatherings yesterday, a group of State Reform Party (STAR) members gathered to commemorate the 108th anniversary for Borneo’s first oil well at Canada Hill here.

Led by its president Lina Soo, they held a mini gathering to commemorate the historic occasion with a cake cutting ceremony.

Also joining the team was social activist Fong Pau Teck who is also the ex-Pujut assemblyman.


STAR: Sarawak should get part of Petronas dividend

December 20, 2018

Dateline 2018-11-03, Malay Mail:

Sarawak should have a fair share of the RM30 billion special dividend that state-owned Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) will pay to the federal government, State Reform Party (STAR) president Lina Soo said today.

She said Sarawak is producing as much as 800,000 boe (barrel oil equivalent) per day, and with the oil price hovering around US$77 per barrel, it is equivalent to RM250 million on a daily basis.


‘Outrageous’ for Chong to object to OMO58 — Soo

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.