Sabah to emulate Sarawak in controlling oil and gas laws

November 20, 2018

Dateline 2018-09-10, FMT:

Sabah will look into bolstering laws involving exploration of oil and gas and mining activities in the state, following in the footsteps of its neighbour Sarawak which tightened controls over such matters in July.

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal said he would request the state attorney-general (AG) to look into the matter.

“We are looking into it but I was made to understand by the former AG that we do have that mineral enactment in Sabah. I will ask the (current) AG to look into the details, whether there’s any loopholes in that.


Dr M: ECRL and Sabah gas pipeline projects cancelled

November 10, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-21, NST:

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the multi-billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and Trans-Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) projects are cancelled for now.

The prime minister said Chinese President Xi Jinping and premier Li Keqiang understood the reasons behind the cancellation of the two Chinese government-backed projects.

“I have explained to them and they understood the situation and accepted them,” Dr Mahathir told journalists at the end of his five-day official visit to China.

“Initially, there were some misunderstandings but now they understood why we do it. I don’t think China wants us to be bankrupt,” said Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir said the projects involved huge amounts of money and Malaysia does not really need them at the moment, amid the country’s financial situation with high debt left by the previous government.


Sabah expects RM5 bil in petroleum royalty

November 8, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-14, FMT:

The Sabah government expects no less than RM5 billion annually if petroleum royalty is increased from 5% to 20%.

However, Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal said Petronas had informed the state government that cash payments from oil and gas revenues would depend on various factors.

“Among the factors which determine the amount of royalty include the mechanism and basis for the increments in cash payments which need to be discussed and decided by the relevant parties, estimates of oil and gas output, advanced plans for the development of oil and gas fields and global crude oil prices,” he said.

Shafie, who is also the state finance minister, said this in reply to a question from Dr Joachim Gunsalam (PBS-Kundasang) at the Sabah state assembly here today.


Act to regulate oil industry in Sabah

November 6, 2018

Dateline 2018-08-14, Borneo Post:

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal will announce an enactment on mineral resources that will allow the state government to regulate the oil industry over its land and water in the future.

Shafie said this at the State Assembly in response to another additional question posed by Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan on whether the state government would emulate Sarawak and activate the mining and land ordinance laws to regulate the Sabah oil industry.

“Indeed, that is always in our thoughts. Soon I will have an enactment associated with minerals, but we are looking at two sectors. Whether it will be in the power over land, if it is in the field of land (it will cover) only mainland and where the offshore, you cannot do anything.

“But if it covers up the whole thing that is related to the ordinance of available mineral resources, I am confident that this will further empower the state government. I hope that YB Tambunan can provide support when I present this ordinance,” he quipped.

Shafie will also lead the pursuit of Sabah’s 40% oil net revenue owed by the federal government to the state as stated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and Schedule 10, Article 112 of the Federal Constitution.


Sabah expects RM5 bil in petroleum royalty

November 4, 2018

Will that be in physical barrels?

Dateline 2018-08-14, FMT:

 The Sabah government expects no less than RM5 billion annually if petroleum royalty is increased from 5% to 20%.

However, Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal said Petronas had informed the state government that cash payments from oil and gas revenues would depend on various factors.

“Among the factors which determine the amount of royalty include the mechanism and basis for the increments in cash payments which need to be discussed and decided by the relevant parties, estimates of oil and gas output, advanced plans for the development of oil and gas fields and global crude oil prices,” he said.

Shafie, who is also the state finance minister, said this in reply to a question from Dr Joachim Gunsalam (PBS-Kundasang) at the Sabah state assembly here today.


Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline: Get our money’s worth, says MP

October 13, 2018

Dateline 2018-07-23, FMT:

A Sabah MP has urged the government to renegotiate the terms for the Trans Sabah Gas Pipeline (TSGP) with China.

Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin also wanted the authorities to continue probing the multi-billion ringgit project to determine if there were any suspicious dealings or connections.

“Renegotiate the terms with China, the project developer, as we have paid about 85% of the money but the real work done has only been 13%… we can’t just waste the money with nothing to show.

 


Set deadline for getting 20% oil royalty, says Kitingan

October 11, 2018

Dateline 2018-07-20, FMT:

Opposition Sabah politician Jefferey Kitingan has proposed two dates by which the Pakatan Harapan federal government may honour its manifesto promise of a 20% oil royalty payment to Sabah and other oil-producing states.

Kitingan, president of the local STAR party, suggested Sept 1 or Jan 1 as the date by which oil royalty should be paid, and urged Parti Warisan Sabah, allies of Pakatan Harapan, to push for a firm date.