Oil royalties for Sabah and Sarawak: Dead on arrival

May 21, 2020

Dateline 2020-04-25, FMT:

Brent crude oil prices dipping below US$30 and US oil prices turning negative for the first time in history is bad news for Sabah and Sarawak, which are dependent on oil royalties as a major source of revenue.

Analysts predict the depressed oil price will continue in the short and middle term as demand continues to fall. Oil producers like Petronas facing a glut market are riding in uncharted deep waters as Covid-19 batters the world oil markets.

For Sabah, petroleum royalty remains the highest contributor to the state coffers. For 2020, the total projected revenue from oil is RM1.7 billion. Oil royalty accounts for 40.55% of the state revenue. This estimate is based on royalty payment received from Petronas in 2019 amounting to RM1,703.5 million, the highest amount received since the Petroleum Development Act 1974 was passed.


After Sarawak, Sabah starts imposing petroleum sales tax

May 13, 2020

Dateline  2020-04-07, Malay Mail:

Sabah has implemented a 5 per cent sales tax on petroleum products sold in its territory, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.

He said he informed petroleum companies of the state’s decision to collect the tax last month and it should come into effect immediately.

“We’ve done it already, last month,” he said when asked what was Sabah’s plan to impose the tax.

This comes after the High Court ruled last month that Sabah and Sarawak have the right under the Federal Constitution to impose a sales tax on petroleum products.


Petronas mulling appeal on right to sales tax

May 9, 2020

Lawyer are essential services.

Dateline 2020-03-18, FMT:

Petronas is still considering whether to appeal against last week’s High Court ruling that Sabah and Sarawak have the right under the Federal Constitution to impose sales tax on petroleum products.

“We have 30 days from March 13 to file a notice of appeal to the Court of Appeal,” said lawyer Malik Imtiaz Sarwar who represents the national oil and gas company.

Last week, judge Azahari Kamal Ramli, who is based in Kuching, dismissed Petronas’ judicial review application to declare the Sarawak state sales tax null and void.

Petronas had claimed that some parts of the state’s Sales Tax Ordinance 1998, which require the national oil company to pay the 5% sales tax on petroleum products to Sarawak, were unconstitutional.


Case closed on 20% oil royalty

April 8, 2020

Dateline 2020-02-14, FMT:

At a dialogue session organised by the Malaysian French Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamd played down the state-federal tussle over the 20% oil royalty. The increase was promised to Sabah and Sarawak by the Pakatan Harapan government (PH) if it came to power.

After a long period of procrastination, it is clear and transparent that the PH government has no intention of keeping its promise. The hope for more oil royalty for development funds has now been marked down as another election promise meant to be broken.

 


Sarawak CM’s office rubbishes claim by DAP on Petronas stake

February 15, 2020

How do you officially rubbish something? Do you issue a memo?

Dateline 2019-12-16, FMT:

The chief minister’s office today said the purchase of stakes in Petronas is not among the issues discussed by the steering committee on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

It said details concerning oil and gas are only deliberated in special discussions between the prime minister and the Sarawak and Sabah chief ministers.

The office rubbished a claim by Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen that Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had agreed in principle to purchase a stake in Petronas during an MA63 steering committee meeting.


Oil and gas ‘details’ will be announced in January – CM

February 13, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-15, Borneo Post:

Details regarding oil and gas in Sabah will be revealed in January next year.

Disclosing this yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Mohd Shafie Apdal said a meeting with Petronas was held on Friday, discussing oil and gas in Sabah, including the 20 percent oil and gas royalty.


Private oil and gas firm to build RM9.5 bil refinery in Sabah

February 8, 2020

Interesting, why not just export one from PD?

Dateline 2019-12-13, FMT:

State-owned Sabah Oil and Gas Development Corporation (SOGDC) Sdn Bhd has signed an agreement with a private firm to build Sabah’s first petroleum oil storage and refinery with investments over US$2.3 billion (RM9.5 billion).

The agreement with Petroventure Energy Sdn Bhd will see the plant being built at the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park (Sogip) in southwest Sabah, with construction expected to take between three and five years.