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Jeffrey hails Musa’s move on Petronas suit

12th June, 2018

By MICHAEL TEH

KOTA KINABALU: Sabahans should take advantage of the new political order following the overthrow of the Umno-BN regime by the people and seize the opportunity to regain the Sabah Rights that have been withered and diluted by the Federal government since 1963.

Urging this was Datuk Dr. Jeffrey Kitingan, President of Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku yesterday while expressing his full support of the action taken by whom he considered Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Haji Aman instructing the State Attorney-General to intervene and take all necessary action to defend Sabah’s interests in the suit filed by Petronas against the Sarawak government on the Petroleum Development Act.

“The Open letter by Musa shows the transparency and commitment to reforms by the Musa-led Solidariti coalition and being pro-active to defend Sabah rights and interests in Malaysia,” said Jeffrey, who is also the MP for Keningau and State Assemblyman for Tambunan.

He reckoned that being now free of control by the Federal government, and the expectations of Malaysians to have an accountable, transparent and good governance government, it has generated a paradigm shift in the thinking of government leaders.

“And now with Sabahans realizing that they have been shortchanged and marginalized by the Federal government, the movement for reclaiming Sabah Rights including ownership of its oil and gas resources is at an all-time high. It also augurs well for the future of Sabah and Sabahans.

“With the paradigm shift and the pro-active action to defend and safeguard Sabah’s oil and gas rights, Sabahans should now rally and support the actions of the Sabah government as initiated by Musa on the Petronas Suit.

“Hopefully, it will mark a new era and a new beginning for the restoration of Sabah Rights, particularly Sabah’s oil and gas ownership, in Malaysia,” he said.

In the Petronas Suit, Petronas is seeking leave to apply to the Federal Court to declare that Petronas is the sole authority having regulatory control over the upstream activities in the oil and gas industry in Sarawak.

Jeffrey opined that the Petronas suit is disappointing and reflects badly on the newly minted Federal government which owns Petronas 100%.

While noting that the action by Petronas is understandable given that if they take no action, they would be subject to regulatory control by the Sarawak government over Petronas’ oil and gas activities in Sarawak from 1st July 2018, he nonetheless opined that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed and Petronas ought to have been more accommodating and thoughtful and looked at resolving the oil ownership issue, rather than allowing Petronas to go to Court and insisting that they are the owners and sole regulatory body.

“After all, Petronas and the Federal government should consider that they have been milking Sabah and Sarawak dry since 1976 and taking 95% of their oil wealth to develop Malaya,” he said.

Jeffrey also expressed disappointment on the response and arguments of some Warisan leaders that the Petronas suit only affects Sarawak and not Sabah.

He said this gave an impression that they are pre-empting that they do not intend to intervene in the Petronas suit and safeguard Sabah’s oil and gas rights.

While the Suit may be against the Sarawak government, the claim is based on the Petroleum Development Act 1974 which extends throughout Malaysia, he pointed out.

“Its consequences and effect of the Suit is not just confined to Sarawak or the oil-producing States but the entire nation and an adverse decision against Sarawak will have similar adverse consequences on Sabah’s oil and gas rights,” he contended.

   
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