November 13, 2018
Cool slogan. Can I steal it?
Date 2018-08-29, FMT:
Sarawakians should be the ones dictating how much oil royalty it will get as the oil is in their soil, said Sarawak MP Nancy Shukri.
Nancy, who is Batang Sadong MP, said a lot of Sarawakians were of the view that the state had been enriching West Malaysians and as a result the state had become backward and has not been getting much.
“Sarawakians have been talking. They say, ‘we see the Petronas Twin Towers, but look at us. Where are we?’
“That is why Sarawakians are now very aggressive and protective about their reserves. We explain why the Malaysia Agreement 1963 is still important because Sabah and Sarawak are still very backward in terms of development.
November 5, 2018
Dateline 2018-08-15, Today Online:
For Sarawakians, Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) perceived lack of commitment to the fulfilment of its oil royalties and other provisions of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) has defined the coalition’s first 100 days in power.
Mr Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, vice-president of Sarawak’s ruling Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), said PH’s failure to increase the state’s oil royalty from five to twenty per cent was “most glaring”.
October 29, 2018
Dateline 2018-08-06, FMT:
Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali has told Parliament that Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) election promise of giving a 20% “royalty” to oil-producing states was based on “a loose definition of the word… The term cash payment is not used generally, but it is generally understood to mean a royalty”.
He said a special Cabinet committee had been formed to negotiate with the oil-producing states on how to increase the 15% payments to them, on top of the existing 5% of gross profit cash payment under the Petroleum Development Act (PDA).
October 27, 2018
And here’s me thinking, isn’t politics the point of the talks?
Dateline 2018-08-01, Borneo Post:
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg says the issue of oil royalty needs to be discussed professionally between Petronas, representing the federal government, and Petros, which represents the Sarawak government.
He said politics must not be too dominant in the discussion, which was now ongoing between the two parties.
According to him, the discussion started following the Federal Court decision in June to dismiss Petronas’s proceeding to obtain court declaration to have exclusive ownership on oil and gas resources in the state.
October 1, 2018
Dateline 2018-07-18, Borneo Post Online:
Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh waxed philosophical when asking Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to consider withdrawing their suit on exclusive ownership of oil and gas resources in Sarawak.
Asking the court to interpret the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74) without first recognising the supremacy of the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is like looking at a leaf on a tree without recognising that, without the roots, there would be no tree and no leaf, Wong said.
“The leaf (like the PDA) is insignificant. The roots give life to the tree just like the Malaysia Agreement gave life to Malaysia.”
September 29, 2018
Dateline 2018-07-12, Borneo Post:
State Reform Party Sarawak (STAR) president Lina Soo described it as outrageous when Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen defended the federal government and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) by objecting to the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 (OMO58) which pre-dates the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) and the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74).
Soo said by voicing his objection to the Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN), Chong was in effect rejecting Sarawak’s rights to its oil and gas resources and giving the rights absolutely to Petronas on a silver platter.
“What is wrong with Sarawak asserting its authority and power to regulate the mining industry in Sarawak?” she asked in a press statement yesterday.
Soo asked if Chong was implying that Petronas has the power to subvert the sovereignty of Sarawak and its protective municipal laws; namely Order in Council 1954, Land Code 1958, OMO58, and Supplementary Deed 1965.
September 26, 2018
Dateline 2018-07-10, FMT:
The Sarawak state assembly passed the Oil Mining (Amendment) Bill 2018 today aimed at updating several provisions in the Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO).
It was also to bring the ordinance in line with current practices and operations in the oil and gas industry’s upstream sector.
In tabling it, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said with the amendment, the state would be able to strengthen regulatory control over the exploration of petroleum and mining activities in the state.
He said when the federal Parliament passed the Continental Shelf Act 1996 and Petroleum Mining Act 1966 to regulate the mining of petroleum in the continental shelf, these acts were not extended to Sarawak.