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.

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.