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.


Set deadline for getting 20% oil royalty, says Kitingan

October 6, 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.

However, an activist for states’ rights has questioned whether the federal government would pay royalties or a share of the profits earned by national oil company Petronas.


Deliver 20% oil royalty first, Pakatan urged

September 20, 2018

Dateline 2108-07-05, FMT:

The federal government has been urged to deliver on an election campaign promise of granting a 20% oil royalty to Sabah and Sarawak, even as the national petroleum company, Petronas, insists that it has legal rights to oil and gas resources in the whole country.

Johan Ariffin, a former deputy director of Sabah Foundation, said the issue of the ownership would take time to resolve.

However, the Pakatan Harapan campaign promise of 20% oil royalty could be carried out “without much difficulty and should be done first” before the dispute over ownership was resolved, he said.


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.