Sarawak assistant minister says negotiations ongoing with Putrajaya to reclaim O&G regulatory role

September 10, 2020

Dateline 2020-07-15, Malay Mail:

Negotiations to reclaim a regulatory role in the mining of oil and gas resources within Sarawak’s territorial waters is ongoing with the federal government and national oil company Petronas, Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said today amid questions over the lack of transparency in the process.

The Sarawak assistant minister of law, state-federal relations and project monitoring also said the state is also negotiating to increase its revenue share from oil and gas and greater investment opportunities in downstream activities by the state government and Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros).


Sharifah: Only RM33 bln of RM660 bln in oil revenue mined by Petronas returned to Sarawak

March 27, 2020

Dateline 2020-02-02, The Sun:

Since national oil company Petronas began extracting oil and gas in Sarawak from 1976 to 2017, it had earned a total revenue of about RM660 billion, but only RM33 billion was returned to Sarawak, said Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

The state de facto law minister said if Sarawak were to have a hand in its own oil and gas resources since then, it would have been in a better economic position now to attain a high income economy and develop the state by the year 2030.


‘Sarawak can demand from Petronas’

February 14, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-15, The Sun:

Sarawak has contributed immensely to the success of Petroliam National Bhd (Petronas) over the years and thus, it is only fair for the national petroleum corporation to pay the state-imposed 5% sales tax.

In pointing this out, Assistant Minister in Chief Minister’s Department (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali (pix) views Petronas’ reluctance in paying the tax – amounting to RM1.2 billion for the period between January and June this year – as the reason why the state government filing a suit against the company on Nov 21 this year.

“From the statistics, it’s very clear we, Sarawak, contribute hugely to the success of Petronas and therefore, I think all of us agree that the time has come for us to get a little bit of that back to the state – if not more,” she spoke during a public talk on ‘Talking About What Really Matters’, which took place at the Chemsain auditorium along Jalan Rock here on Friday night.


Sarawak minister says state won’t buy Petronas assets

February 11, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-14, Malay Mail:

The Sarawak government will not consider buying stakes in Petroliam Nasional Berhad’s (Petronas) assets in the state’s territorial waters, Law, State-Relations and Projects Monitoring Assistant Minister Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said last night.

She said there is nothing to be happy about with the offer mentioned by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the federal government intended to sell stakes in Petronas to Sarawak and Sabah.


Sarawak to use documents found in London last year in Petronas suit

August 20, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-17, FMT:

Sarawak will use documents related to the 1963 Malaysia Agreement which were found in London last year as a reference in its fight for rights to oil and gas produced in its territory.

State Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said the documents, discovered by a team of lawyers which she led, could serve as evidence on the state’s rights.

“We will definitely use the documents that we obtained in London; they are certified true copies not just photostated. These will be used to assist us as evidence later in court,” she said when asked about Sarawak’s preparations in facing Petronas’ attempt in the Federal Court to seek a declaration that the Petroleum Development Act 1974 was also valid for the petroleum industry in Malaysia.