For Sarawak, oil royalty dispute blots Pakatan Harapan’s first 100 days

November 5, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-15, Today Online:

For Sarawakians, Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) perceived lack of commitment to the fulfilment of its oil royalties and other provisions of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) has defined the coalition’s first 100 days in power.

Mr Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, vice-president of Sarawak’s ruling Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), said PH’s failure to increase the state’s oil royalty from five to twenty per cent was “most glaring”.


‘Seek solution out of court’

October 1, 2018

Dateline 2018-07-18, Borneo Post Online:

Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh waxed philosophical when asking Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to consider withdrawing their suit on exclusive ownership of oil and gas resources in Sarawak.

Asking the court to interpret the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74) without first recognising the supremacy of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is like looking at a leaf on a tree without recognising that, without the roots, there would be no tree and no leaf, Wong said.

“The leaf (like the PDA) is insignificant. The roots give life to the tree just like the Malaysia Agreement gave life to Malaysia.”