The surrendering of oil and gas rights by the Sarawak government to Petronas requires some “brain surgery” by members of the public on those involved in the decision making. Sarawakians should hold the present GPS government for negligence or grossly incompetence in handling this matter in losing these resources to Petronas and the federal government.
There is no reason not to declare the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74) and Territorial Seas Act 2012 (TSA 2012), the Continental Shelf Act 1966 (CSA1966) passed by the federal government without consultation and agreement of the Sarawak Legislature as null and void.
There is also a need for the Sarawak government to take action and or to declare that the change or shift of boundaries of Sabah and Sarawak as void and as against international law. There is also a need now for the state government to declare before the court or in the Sarawak Legislature that the formation of Malaysia was improperly constituted and that Sarawak should be set free and independent from Malaysia.
Sarawak had lost so much in “partnership” with greater Malaya renamed greater Malaysia! It should be a great shame to the GPS government and also to Sarawakians when press statements issued by activists and political parties came with sharp remarks, such as, “…biggest political sell-out”, “this is a total sell-out” and allegations of secrecy behind closed door of “deals” by the GPS government.
The chief minister, Abang Johari Abang Openg, is aware and has publicly stated that PDA74 and TSA 2012 are irrelevant and therefore null and void against Sarawak (see March 8, 2018 Borneo Post Online). Now, the GPS government under the leadership of CM Abang Johari Tun Openg has given away our oil and gas resources so easily when the peoples of Sarawak have all these years been fighting very hard to take them back.
Under Tun Abdul Rahman Yakub, Sarawak lost to the federal government in 1974 and to Petronas its oil and gas resources. Sarawak was only allocated a 5% royalty from the revenues generated from oil and gas found in Sarawak’s territory. According to the Law Minister, Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, when 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” – please see 02 February, 2020 The Sun Daily) Now, where is this RM630 billions? Can GPS government explain?
To add salt to the injuries faced by Sarawakians, the Sarawak government has agreed to settle at RM2 billion ringgit of the 5% sales tax owed and also “…further agreed that future petroleum products sales tax would be reduced and staggered…”.
Sarawak has been treated as a trash when it was said in statements released, all agreements between Sarawak government and Petronas under PDA74 are still valid and in force. This is also spitting dirt on the face of Sarawakians who voted Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) and its cohorts, including Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) into power.
The Barisan Nasional government under Abdullah Badawi signed off two oil-rich areas in northern part of Sarawak that belonged to Sarawak to Brunei in 2009 (please see April 30, The Star Malaysia). As appeared in The Star Malaysia, Dr. Mahathir alleged that Abdullah Badawi had negotiated with the Sultan of Brunei as a trade off in exchange for Brunei’s dropping its claim on Limbang. It seems that this was done without the approval of the Sarawak Government or its people. It was estimated that this crude oil given away to Brunei was almost one billion barrels. This gave a loss of RM320 billion worth of oil rights that rightly belonged to Sarawak ( please see April 30, 2010 by Leslie Lau, Executive Editor of the Malaysian Insider).
The present GPS government has been re-branded or is a continuation of the Barisan Nasional government. Did the Sarawak Barisan government question the right or motive of the then prime minister, Abdullah Badawi, signing off these two oil fields of northern part of Sarawak to Brunei?
What an insult and a big bully by the federal government on the intelligence of all Sarawakians? The solution to all these woes faced by Sarawak is that only with independence that Sarawak people will be able to achieve real self-determination to control their destiny and chart their own development. May Sarawakians support Parti Bumi Kenayalang to lead the way!
VOON LEE SHAN
Parti Bumi Kenyalang