October 22, 2020
Dateline 2020-09-17, FMT:
Sabah Barisan Nasional election chief Bung Moktar Radin doesn’t understand why Pakatan Harapan has pledged to increase the oil royalty payment for Sabah and Sarawak to 20%, claiming it could not be done.
Bung said increasing the oil royalty for the states was not easy as it involved pre-existing agreements with oil corporations, including international ones.
“We have done our research on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 on oil royalty and there is no way we can get the 20% from the federal government,” he told reporters after a ceramah in this interior Sabah district today.
“The agreement was signed after our independence with international corporations, including big firms from outside the country.
September 11, 2020
Dateline 2020-007-16, The Malaysian Reserve:
SABAH state government is not planning to file a lawsuit against Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), but the company should pay what is owed to the state, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Mohd Shafie told The Malaysian Reserve in a recent interview that Petronas should have afforded Sabah the same treatment as Sarawak, based on the court ruling.
The Kuching High Court ruled on March 13 this year that Sabah and Sarawak have the right under the Federal Constitution to impose sales tax on petroleum products.
September 6, 2020
Dateline 2020-07-04, Malay Mail:
THE ongoing discussion between officials from Sarawak, Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and the federal government is one that is being closely watched by all parties.
The outcome of the talks is likely to be historic for Malaysia’s oil and gas (O&G) sector. It could also have an impact on the coffers of both the federal government and that of the state of Sarawak. Petronas’ earnings and business activities are also at stake.
Sabah, another large O&G resource hub, has also staked a claim for more tax collections from Petronas.
June 9, 2020
Dateline 2020-05-14, Malay Mail:
Petronas’ new agreement with Sarawak does not have any bearing on Sabah, who just imposed a 5 per cent sales tax on petroleum products beginning last month.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said that the state was sticking to its 5 per cent sales tax while it continued to pursue a 20 per cent oil royalty deal with the federal government that it has been eyeing for decades.
“That’s their negotiations with Petronas. We’ve already imposed the sales tax. We have an understanding with them and other petroleum companies,” said Shafie when asked to comment on Sarawak’s new agreement with Petronas and the federal government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.