Abang Johari: Oil and gas companies must get relevant permits by July 1

KUCHING: Companies involved in the oil and gas industries in Sarawak must obtain the necessary licences and leases required under the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 and Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016 starting July 1.


Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the licenses, including permits, leases and other approvals will cover all persons and companies involved in the oil and gas industries in Sarawak including their contractors, sub-contractors and vendors.


He added that licenses will be issued by the Sarawak government under the Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) and Gas Distribution Ordinance (GDO), in accordance with legislative powers conferred on the state under the Federal Constitution.


The state government will carry out engagement with all oil and gas industry players beginning next month on laws and regulations compliance including the Land Code and Natural Resources and Environment Ordinance. The session will also touch on penalties and consequences of non-compliances.


“This is normal practice. When you do business in other countries, you have to adhere to their regulations as well. We are asserting our rights within the Federal Constitution to regularise oil and gas operations in the state,” he told reporters after a MoU signing ceremony between Bintulu Port Authority and Bintulu Supply Base Sdn Bhd here Thursday.


Abang Johari said the regulating of both upstream and downstream of the oil and gas production, as well as gas distribution in Sarawak is crucial to the state’s planning to expand its economy and enhance level of participation by locals in the oil and gas industry.


He added that the forthcoming amendments to OMO 1958, to be tabled in the next Sarawak Legislative Assembly sitting, will require all oil and gas industry players in Sarawak, including Petronas, to comply with the ordinance.


“Section 2, Section 6 and Section 8 of the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974 undoubtedly confirm that all industry players must comply with OMO and other state laws including the Land Code of Sarawak in regards to land use and occupation in the state.


“Under Section 8 of the PDA, only the Petroleum Mining Act 1966 (except Section 14 thereof) is not applicable to Petronas. Section 14 of the Act, which no longer applies to Sarawak, requires Petronas to seek permission to use and occupy land needed for its activities,” Abang Johari said.


He added that Petronas, not being exempted by the PDA from compliance with the Sarawak Land Code, must have licenses or leases to use and occupy land including the continental shelf for the production of oil and gas in accordance to the land code.


Touching on the GDO, the chief minister said all persons and companies undertaking the distribution of gas, including the setting up of gas processing, separation or regasification plants and pipelines will be required to obtain a license.


The Gas Distribution (License) Regulations 2018 would set out the procedures for applying for license and fees payable by licensees, Abang Johari said.


Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), under direction of the state government, will enter into Mining and Production Sharing Agreements with Petronas and other major industry players. Petros would also be granted license by the state to distribute Gas from Petronas processing separation plant at Tanjung Kidurong in Bintulu.


Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/19/abang-johari-oil-and-gas-companies-must-get-relevant-permits-by-july-1/

Registration of GPS expected to be finalised in August – CM

Abang Johari (fourth left) and his wife Juma’ani (centre) and Paulus to his right with other VVIPs at the Sarawak Backbenchers Club Gawai Raya Nite 2018 held at Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching.

KUCHING: The registration of Sarawak’s new political platform Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) comprising Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) is expected to be finalised in August.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said although the new coalition is in the process of registering with the Registrar of Societies, everybody has already acknowledged its existence.

“Walaupun kita belum lagi mendaftar (even though we are not registered yet), God willing it will be finalised by next month (August) – everything will be finalised,” he added.

Abang Johari being welcomed by Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh upon his arrival to attend the Sarawak Backbenchers Club Gawai Raya Nite 2018 at Grand Margherita Hotel Kuching. Also seen are Minister of Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women and Family Development Dato Sri Fatimah Abdullah (left) and Paulus (behind Abang Johari).

He was speaking at the Sarawak Backbenchers Club Gawai Raya Nite 2018 at Grand Margherita Hotel here on Wednesday night.

Present were his wife Datin Patinggi Dato Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang, deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, State Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, Sarawak Backbenchers Club chairman Paulus Palu Gumbang (Batu Danau assemblyman), state cabinet ministers and assistant ministers and their wives.

Abang Johari said the next thing is for the component parties to promote the coalition and its struggles at the grassroots level.

“This is very hard work among us because one of it is that we are going to chair our party and continue to develop our effort in developing our state,” he said.

On another matter, he mentioned that when an opposition assemblyman came to see him on an announcement he made on road and rural water supply projects costing billions of ringgit, he told him that the Sarawak government had its own formula to finance these projects.

“Thank God, we have a bank – the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) as a conduit for us to finance all these projects and it would be included in our Malaysia Plan. This is something of a new model and I believe that we are the only state government with that model- the other states do not have it.

“With that, we do not have a problem in developing our state and from that perspective, I believe that we are able to deliver whatever we promise to our people.

“The question of state revenue, I think, the next session I will tell you the detail of how we can increase our revenue.”

Abang Johari said that it was also a blessing in disguise “in our new amended oil and mining ordinance that we have extra stream of revenue that we can get while at the same time we are able to get Sarawakians to participate in oil and gas not only downstream but also upstream”.

He said the Sarawak government had made an arrangement after a discussion with Petronas and Petros when they came to see him for mutual benefits of all parties when extracting oil and gas in the state with direct participation by foreign companies.

“If there is a direct participation by foreign companies with Petronas, it has to inform the Sarawak government. If there is direct participation with Petros, the Sarawak government will inform Petronas,” he said.

Abang Johari lauded the extraordinary performance of every backbencher at the just-concluded session of the State Legislative Assembly held from July 9 to 18.

“I have to say that every time I went down to the chambers, the enthusiasm and the research done by the backbenchers on the subject of their argument particularly on the subject of Sarawak Land Code as well as the Sarawak Oil and Mining Ordinance (impressed me).

“These two subjects are very dear to Sarawakians, firstly on the subject of Land Code – a drastic approach that had been taken and I must congratulate Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Tan Sri (Datuk Amar Dr) James Jemut Masing as both of them were in the committee and in particular the secretariat under Datu Jaul Samion – all have done their work very well,” he said.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2157

Sarawak needs more to develop infrastructure, rural areas – Abang Johari

Abang Johari (second right) accompanies Taib (third left) upon his departure from the Sarawak Independence Day celebration today.

By Jeremy Veno

KUCHING: Sarawak needs four times the current quantum of allocation from the federal government in order to be able to develop good infrastructure throughout the length and breadth of Sarawak, especially in the rural areas.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg  who spoke at the opening of the Sarawak Independence Day celebration at the Celebration Square, Jalan Stadium today said this is why the state wants it rights over the oil and gas as a channel to derive more revenue for development.

“Our current strong financial reserve is partly the accumulation of revenue from the oil and gas industry on our shores,” said Abang Johari.

Sarawak he added can expect to earn more from the gas industry as the state now have a 10 per cent stake in LNG Train 9 and 25 per cent in LNG 3.

“This money will be given back to the people when we develop our rural water supply, construct more bridges and build more roads instead of just relying on the Federal Government which has the whole country to look after,” he added.

On another note, he also pointed out the victory of the Oil and Gas Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958 which gives Sarawak the full regulatory power overall persons and companies, including Petronas, involved in the activities of oil and gas, on shore and offshore, in Sarawak.

“We have gone to the Federal Court against Petronas and the court has declined to give leave to Petronas to declare that OMO 1958 is not valid. This initial victory was the victory of the people of Sarawak,” he added.

OMO 1958 he added is also the main reason why Petros was formed to become the regulatory power over Sarawak’s oil and gas activities.

Abang Johari however assured that the State Government will always be very rational and business friendly in its dealing with Petronas as the national oil company.

“We also want to be always reasonable with all other players in the industry as any attitude to the contrary will not benefit Sarawak and the nation as a whole,” he added.

On another note, Abang Johari also reiterated that there is no need for Sarawak to exit Malaysia.

“Being in Malaysia does not mean that we cannot ask for our legal rights based on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Constitution. I believe now with our political independence through GPS we have a better and stronger platform to voice our opinion freely to protect the interest of Sarawak,” he added.

Also present were Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib, Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan as well as other state and federal dignitaries.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2142

Sarawak still guarded in giving details of oil and gas talks

SARAWAK Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg today provided some insight into the highly secretive negotiations between state oil company Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) and Petronas over the latter’s new role in the state’s oil and gas industry.

He also touched upon the terms of the new resource-sharing agreement, following the state’s decision to fully enforce its Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO).

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/102569

Petros the best thing to have happened to Sarawak — Chairman

Uggah gestures as Abang Johari shows off his new Petros jacket given to him as a token of appreciation during a candid moment at the Petros launch. Also seen are (from left) Sharbini, Hamid, Medan, Zuraimi, Morshidi (partly hidden) Heng and Dr Rundi.

KUCHING: The setting up of Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) is the best thing that has happened to the state, says its chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Hamid Bugo.

Though he admitted its establishment was a little late, it’s nevertheless ‘better late than never’ as Sarawak needed catalysts to sustain the social and economic growth required by its increasing population.

“Oil and gas has to be one of these catalysts. After all, they are our resources, or if you like, an engine of growth,” he said at the launch of Petros which was officiated at by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg here Tuesday.

Hamid added that the setting up of Petros required a lot of courage, given the present uncertain global situation in the oil and gas industry, which is “beset by low prices and unpredictable American presidential policies.

“But as the saying goes, ‘when the going gets tough, the tough gets going’. This is one statement we must be guided by to achieve our ambition.”

The former state secretary also noted that Sarawak was very fortunate to have a chief minister like Abang Johari who is willing to go the extra mile to make things happen.

“Petros will certainly be behind him and I also want to thank him for having the confidence in the six of us Board of Directors,” he said on behalf of the other five board members namely Datu Zuraimi Sabki, Sharbini Suhaili, Heng Hock Cheng, Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah and Datin Josephine Hilary Dom.

He acknowledged that Petros is up for a huge challenge ahead especially with the volatile global situation in the oil and gas industry.

“It is even more challenging given that all oil and gas activities in Sarawak, although very substantial, are controlled and monopolised not by the state.

“Nevertheless, we have to be brave musketeers and combine our experience and expertise to face the rough seas of challenges.”

He also expressed his confidence that Sarawak would soon be in a position to exercise sufficient control over activities in the oil and gas industry in the state so as to be able to fully support Petros as a major player and contributor in the development of domestic oil and gas industry.

On Petros’ vision, Hamid said the company aims to be a major player in the exploitation and utilisation of energy in Sarawak with its role eventually as an active and fully integrated oil and gas operator across the value chain upstream, midstream and downstream.

“When all these happen, we believe Petros will be able to provide opportunities, employment and businesses for our younger generation in building their skills and expertise to the next level.”

He hoped that players in the oil and gas industry would not regard Petros as a disruptive competitor butrather view the company as a facilitator, collaborator and government-linked entity that wanted to see values in working together.

“We want to share and in doing so benefit Sarawak and Malaysia as a whole. Like many other ventures, this gigantic task of making Petros cannot be achieved by us working in isolation.

“We need support from authorities and agencies. We need partners for capital and expertise and we plan to collaborate and work together with others in the industry.”

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, Minister of Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi, Minister of Local Government and Housing Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani and cabinet ministers were among those present to witness the launch of Petros.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1963

Syarikat minyak baharu Sarawak mula operasi 6 bulan lagi

Syarikat baharu itu akan menggunakan tenaga profesional daripada kalangan anak Sarawak.

KUCHING: Syarikat cari gali minyak dan gas luar pantai milik Sarawak akan memulakan operasinya dalam masa 6 bulan lagi, kata Ketua Menteri Datuk Abang Johari Openg.

Kerajaan kini dalam proses menubuhkan syarikat berkenaan, Petroleum Sarawak (Petros), 100% milik kerajaan negeri, yang akan bekerjasama dengan syarikat minyak nasional, Petronas, katanya.

Menurut beliau, perkara berkaitan pelaburan awal syarikat itu masih dibincang.

Abang Johari berkata, sebelum ini, syarikat minyak dan gas dari Sarawak hanya terlibat dengan aktiviti minyak dan gas hiliran di Bintulu, dengan pelaburan dianggar berjumlah AS$2 bilion.

Petros, katanya, akan terlibat dalam aktiviti huluan cari gali minyak dan gas serta pengeluaran gas dan minyak di kawasan perairan Sarawak.

Beliau berkata syarikat itu akan menggunakan tenaga profesional daripada kalangan anak Sarawak yang sudah terlibat dalam industri berkenaan, termasuk mereka yang kini bekerja dengan Petronas, Shell dan Murphy Oil.

“Kami ada anak Sarawak yang terdiri daripada jurutera dalam bidang ini dan ini akan memberi peluang kepada rakyat Sarawak untuk bekerja dengan syarikat itu,” katanya.

Beliau berkata kerajaan negeri menggunakan pendekatan holistik dan akan bekerjasama dengan Petronas untuk mencari gali serta mengeluarkan minyak dan gas di perairan Sarawak.

“Tiada gunanya menyalahkan orang lain. Kami perlu gerakkan inisiatif sendiri dan mempersiapkan diri kami untuk terlibat dalam industri ini,” katanya.

Beliau berkata keuntungan yang diraih akan dikongsi antara kerajaan negeri dan Petronas berdasarkan ekuiti.

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2017/07/05/syarikat-minyak-baharu-sarawak-mula-operasi-6-bulan-lagi/

CM relays S’wak’s oil royalty stand to students overseas

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has reiterated that Sarawak is constitutionally entitled to licensing rights over its oil and gas resources.

Even the authorities in Putrajaya had acknowledged the state’s rights on the matter, he told Sarawakians residing and studying in Britain during a gathering organised by the Sarawak Foundation in London.

“We have the licensing rights and Petronas’ is the development part,” he said in reference to the Federal Constitution’s provisions.

As such, Abang Johari said the state government through its oil and gas company Petros is collaborating with Petronas to ensure that Sarawak would stand to benefit from its oil and gas resources.

He added that although the state’s licensing rights had not been enforced in the last 40 years, Sarawak would not compromise on what lawfully belonged to the state.

The Chief Minister was in London with a delegation for a two-week study trip to Britain, the United States and Canada before a final stop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to meet potential investors.

Abang Johari visited the University of London and Oxford University to explore possibilities of collaboration that would pave the way for Sarawakian students to be given places in various fields of study.

In the US, he will visit Stanford University to look at its research activities and facilities and assess the prospect of similar collaborations with the university and others in Silicon Valley.

Abang Johari said Sarawak would continue to send students overseas to pursue studies in new disciplines which are not available locally, such as cybersecurity, programming and data science.

“Sarawakians need to acquire new knowledge in order to be acquainted with the new ecosystem and development trends around the world,” he added.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/09/28/cm-relays-swaks-oil-royalty-stand-to-students-overseas/

Sarawakians urged to support govt’s move to embrace digital economy

Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (centre) makes his way to the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) chamber to deliver his address. He is flanked by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (right) and DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Awang Asfia Awang Nassar.

KUCHING: Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday urged the people to appreciate and support the effort and initiative undertaken by the government towards digital economy and be prepared to face the challenges.

He said the digital era would provide plenty of opportunities for the people, especially the younger generation, and would definitely change the people’s way of life and how jobs are carried out.

However, he pointed out that while the digital era would also bring opportunities, the people ought to prepare themselves and be resilient.

“The people must be prepared to embrace the economic opportunities and changes brought about by the digital era, but at the same time must also be resilient to face the challenges that it will bring,” Taib said in his address at the State Legislative Assembly special sitting yesterday, held in conjunction with its 150th anniversary.

He stressed that such initiative by the government was an important step to chart the state’s economic landscape towards a progressive and sustainable one, adding that the move was a wise and visionary step taken by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“The initiative by the chief minister (Abang Johari) is visionary and in line with the current global economic scenario,” Taib pointed out, adding that the continuous focus on rural transformation was also a wise move.

Taib expressed confidence that the initiative of the government to set up Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS), Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) and Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) would contribute towards the development and growth of the state’s economy.

The Head of State also pointed out that he was glad that the government, under Abang Johari, still continued to fight for the state’s rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), including the state’s exclusive right on the sea territorial boundary and natural resources.

On Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE), Taib pointed out that it had succeeded in building hydro dams to hasten industrial development in the state.

According to him, SCORE has attracted several investors, particularly in heavy industries, and provided job opportunities to the people, and increased the state’s gross domestic product (GDP) from RM550 million in 1963 to RM124 billion in 2016.

During the period, the export value was RM77 billion in 2016 from RM373 million in 1963, and job opportunities rose to 1.2 million in 2016 from 294,000 in 1963, he said.

Taib was also glad to note that the poverty level in the state has declined to 0.6 per cent in 2016 from 56 per cent in 1976.

The Head of State also touched on the racial harmony enjoyed by the people, political stability and the state’s rapid development which he attributed to power sharing.

Related news: State assembly marks 150th anniversary with special sitting

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1890

Sabahans wait to see if Najib will keep promises on state rights

THE return of Sabah’s lost rights will be on the minds of many Sabahans as Prime Minister Najib Razak, who had vowed to return them, begins his two-day visit to the state tomorrow.

This could be Najib’s final visit to Sabah as prime minister ahead of the 14th general election which is speculated to be held before June, although the Barisan Nasional government’s mandate expires in August.

Sabah’s opposition leaders, however, believe Najib will keep the state waiting for any news on the return of special rights due to the state under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) .

To them, his promises are merely election ploys and they see no reason for delays.

“Najib has come here so many times and all he had to do was just return our lost rights. What is there that is holding him back? 

“Everything is laid out clearly in the Federal Constitution,” said Lajim Ukin, the president of Parti Harapan Rakyat Sabah, one of the four parties in the Sabah opposition alliance, United Sabah Alliance.  

The restoration of state rights under MA63 has become a common call for parties on both sides of the political divide in Sabah and the hottest topic is the state’s 40% revenue entitlement.

A fact-finding groups formed by the government called the MySabah group found the federal government had halted payments of the entitlement since 1974.

The 40% entitlement was the reason why Sabah’s leaders had agreed to form the Federation of Malaysia in 1963, along with Sarawak, Malaya and Singapore, which broke away two years later.

Over time, Sabah’s political leaders said they have seen the state gradually cede its executive powers to the federal government in many areas ranging from oil resources, to education, power generation and other rights.

Sabah Star leader Dr Jeffrey Kitingan said Sabah suffered from a lack of development and had a higher poverty rate as a result of the erosion of state rights.

He said this was due to the lack of federal funds being put back into the state, despite Sabah contributing a sizeable amount to federal coffers from its natural resources.

Parti Warisan Sabah treasurer Terrence Siambun, meanwhile, said Najib should deliver his promise with no strings attached.

“The thing about MA63 is beyond politics. BN has been in power for over 20 years in Sabah but only made little effort to restore our rights.

“But now the prime minister is now going around making this promise just because the election is around the corner. If he is truly sincere, he should just implement our rights and not allow matters like the MA63 to be used as election bait,” he said.

The call for a return of state rights has gained political traction since the last two elections and Najib in his visit to Sabah has repeatedly promised their return.

Political observers expect Najib to announce some progress now that neighbouring state Sarawak has gone ahead to gain control of its upstream and downstream oil and gas industry thought state oil company Petros.

Sabah Umno leader Anifah Aman, who is also the foreign affairs minister, recently piled pressure by declaring he would leave Umno and refuse any federal cabinet post if Najib failed to deliver his promises on MA63. – March 20, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/44097

Sarawak hargai usaha Najib, bukan cakap kosong

KUCHING: Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak berjaya membuktikan dirinya seorang pemimpin berwibawa dan bukan sekadar `cakap kosong’ apabila menunaikan janji mengembalikan hak dan keistimewaan negeri ini yang terhakis di bawah Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 (MA63).

Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Tan Sri James Jemut Masing, berkata inisiatif itu jelas memperlihatkan keterbukaan Najib dalam menangani isu berkenaan, selain turut membawa lebih banyak pembangunan ke negeri ini, sekali gus memperkasakan sosio-ekonomi rakyat.

“Datuk Seri Najib (Razak) mengakui ada hak dan keistimewaan negeri ini yang terhakis, malah sentiasa bersedia mengembalikannya melalui proses rundingan bersama kerajaan negeri.

“Beliau cukup komited dalam usaha berkenaan kerana menyedari kepentingan perkara itu dalam membawa kemakmuran berpanjangan kepada Sarawak dan rakyatnya. Beliau berjanji dan beliau melaksanakannya, bukan bercakap tanpa tindakan,” katanya ketika dihubungi, di sini, hari ini.

Diminta mengulas lanjut mengenai penubuhan Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (PETROS), Masing yang juga Presiden Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), berkata, sudah tiba masa negeri ini mengeksploitasikan kekayaan sumber alamnya, terutama khazanah minyak dan gas.

Beliau menjelaskan melalui penubuhan syarikat milik penuh kerajaan negeri itu, Sarawak kini mempunyai akses dan kawalan sepenuhnya terhadap hasil bumi yang sebelum ini tidak dapat dilaksanakan.

“Usaha dilaksanakan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg dan Datuk Seri Najib (Razak) ini sangat signifikan dalam membuka lembaran baharu kepada negeri ini, terutama dalam menjadikan Sarawak sebagai pemain utama industri petroleum negara,” katanya.

Masing turut berharap pembangkang bersama Barisan Nasional (BN) Sarawak dalam usaha mendapatkan kembali semua hak dan keistimewaan negeri ini berdasarkan perkembangan positif proses perundingan yang berlangsung.

Malah, beliau mengambil pendirian optimistik, termasuk menjangka ada kemajuan lebih dalam penurunan kuasa berkenaan dan memerlukan sokongan semua pihak, termasuk pembangkang bagi mendokong usaha berkenaan.

“Ketika Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad menjadi Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun, isu penurunan kuasa tidak berlaku, termasuk mengkaji semula hak Sarawak seperti yang terkandung dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan, malah ia satu perkara sensitif ketika itu.

“Namun, Datuk Seri Najib (Razak) mengambil pendekatan berbeza apabila membuka pintu rundingan untuk Kerajaan Pusat dan kerajaan negeri berbincang mengenainya, seterusnya mengambil kembali segala hak dan keistimewaan negeri yang terhakis selama ini,” katanya.

Bagi Masing, penubuhan syarikat petroleum itu juga antara kejayaan terbesar proses menuntut kembali hak dan keistimewaannya yang terhakis dalam MA63.

“Ini juga mudah dilakukan kerana hubungan erat Kerajaan Pusat dan kerajaan negeri melalui proses perundingan dijalankan sebelum ini, terutama membabitkan penurunan kuasa pentadbiran yang berkaitan.

“Penubuhan PETROS berupaya memperkukuhkan kedudukan negeri ini sebagai pemain utama industri minyak dan gas negara, merangkumi sektor huluan serta hiliran.” katanya.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/wilayah/2018/03/396742/sarawak-hargai-usaha-najib-bukan-cakap-kosong

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