Sabah pipeline row: Get your facts right, says Ongkili

August 13, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-10, FMT:

A former federal energy minister, Maximus Ongkili, has criticised Sabah DAP for making wild accusations about the Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline project recently highlighted for allegedly dubious financial transactions.

Ongkili hit out at state DAP secretary Chan Foong Hin for making comments on the issue without having enough facts to support his statement.

“Get your facts right first (and) do justice to your MP job,” he said. Chan is the MP for Kota Kinabalu.

“Obviously he does not know about the Kimanis-Sandakan pipeline project,” said Ongkili, accusing Chan of political immaturity and DAP leaders of being “political novices in government”.

Musa wants state AG to intervene in Petronas’ oil claim

August 12, 2018

Dateline 2018-006-10, FMT:

Sabah Barisan Nasional chairman Musa Aman says he will instruct the state attorney-general to make an application for the state government to intervene in Petronas’ legal bid to claim ownership over the country’s petroleum resources.

Musa, who signed off as the chief minister, said in a statement that this was to safeguard Sabah’s oil and mineral resources.

“We will deploy all available resources of the state government to ensure that the best interest of Sabah is defended always,” he said.

Petronas is seeking a Federal Court declaration that, among others, that based on the Petroleum Development Act, 1974, it effectively has the exclusive authority over all petroleum activities in Malaysia.

Sabah will pursue 20% oil royalty demand, assures Shafie

July 21, 2018

Dateline 2018-07-07, FMT:

Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal has maintained that the state will work on its demand for 20% oil royalty from the federal government in line with his party’s manifesto for the recent general election.

“What we’ve spelled out in the manifesto, our 20% oil royalty, we’ll pursue it,” the Parti Warisan Sabah president said on the sidelines of an event here today.

Shafie had said on April 27, while launching the party’s 13-point manifesto, that Warisan would ensure the oil royalty due to the state increased from the current 5% to at least 20% if it won the state in the polls.

Has Sarawak been shortchanged?

July 13, 2018

You mean, has Sarawak been hoodwinked by a fly by night, quick fingered, sleight of hand working man?

Dateline 2018-06-06, Borneo Post:

HAS the PH government broken its promises to the people of Sarawak and Sabah vis-à-vis its Pakatan Harapan Book (Buku Harapan), outlining the four-party coalition’s election manifesto?

As events unfolded with the first bombshell dropped on Sarawak on Monday by Petronas in a suit, seeking legal redress to its oil and gas rights in the state, let us take a look specifically on petroleum rights.

First, let it be known that Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA 1974) empowers the Prime Minister to make regulations for the purpose of putting into effect the provisions of PDA 1974 in the conduct or the carrying on of any business or services relating to the explorations, exploitations, winning or obtaining of petroleum.

Get back Sabah oil rights, says MA63 activist

August 3, 2017

Dateline 2017-06-17, FMT:

A Sabahan activist says there is no reason – not even low global oil prices – for the Sabah government to not pursue oil and gas rights belonging to the state.

In an interview with FMT, Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) activist, Zainnal Ajamain said the Federal Constitution had clearly outlined the state’s oil and gas rights including the collection of export tax on crude petroleum, oil royalties and ownership of oil fields.

State rights especially in relation to oil and gas, have always been a sore point for Sabahans and Sarawakians.

In recent times, the Sarawak government, which has pledged to pursue its request for higher oil and gas royalty, has put on hold further talks with Putrajaya until global crude oil prices – which plunged from US$107 per barrel in January 2014 to US$52 per barrel three years later – recover.

Bumburing asks if Petronas operating illegally

May 19, 2017

Yeah, baby.

Dateline 2017-04-12, Daily Express:

The State Legislative Assembly has been urged to seriously consider the question as to whether Petronas is legally operating in Sabah waters since laws that were enacted during the Emergency, which has since been lifted, are now annulled and no longer applicable to the State.

Tamparuli Assemblyman Datuk Seri Wilfred Bumburing (pic), when highlighting the matter, said as such the national oil and gas company has no right to operate in the territorial waters as they now belong to the State.


Second RM6b ammonia plant

March 9, 2017

Dateline 2017-02-03, Daily Express:

A second ammonia plant will be built at the Sipitang Oil and Gas Industrial Park (SOGIP) as part of the oil and gas industry’s development in Sabah this year.

Disclosing this, Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Industrial Development Minister Datuk Seri Raymond Tan said the project will see Sabah venturing into the natural gas downstream industry and would cost more than the existing Sabah Ammonia Urea Project (Samur) in Siptang.

“Sabah is looking into developing the oil and gas industry as another prospective area to be ventured into like engaging in natural gas development instead of selling our ample natural gas without value adding.

“What Samur does is turn the natural gas into solid substance like fertilisers and the project is worth about RM6 billion.

“Hence, for this year, Sabah will be venturing into another project which is a different one because Sabah will have a bigger share in setting up the second ammonia plant with the cost being more than RM6 billion,” he said at a Chinese New Year luncheon, Thursday.