Speak up on Kelantan oil royalties, Zaid tells MB, ministers

March 29, 2022

Dateline 2022-02-08, FMT:

Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has called upon Kelantan menteri besar Ahmad Yakob and ministers to speak up on the issue of the oil royalty claim.

He said these oil royalties were needed to develop the state.

“I have raised this issue many times. The menteri besar and Cabinet ministers from Kelantan, from both PAS and Umno, should speak up on the oil royalty issue, but everyone remains silent about it.

“We also need to question why the respective party leaders in Putrajaya do not say anything about this,” Zaid said in a video posted on Facebook.

Oil royalty has nothing to do with territorial waters, Zaid tells finance minister

January 7, 2022

Dateline 2021-11-29, FMT:

 Oil royalty payments depend on agreements between states and the federal government and have nothing to do with territorial waters, said former minister Zaid Ibrahim.

The former law minister said this in response to finance minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz’s remarks that there would be no oil royalty payment to any state in the peninsula, including Kelantan.

In a written reply to the Dewan Rakyat, Tengku Zafrul had said although petroleum production was being carried out close to Kelantan, it was taking place outside the state’s waters. He added that Kelantan would continue to receive “wang ehsan” (goodwill payment) for petroleum produced off its coast.