Abang Johari welcomes another ‘Chinese tsunami’

KUCHING: A “Chinese tsunami” supporting the ruling Barisan Nasional government in Sarawak in GE14 will strengthen the state’s pursuit to reclaim its rights and will demand Putrajaya’s attention.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pic) said there are big plans to spur development and economic growth in the state, and strong support from all Sarawakians – especially the Chinese community – is needed.

Sarawak Barisan won 25 out of the 31 parliamentary seats in the state in GE13, but Abang Johari is targeting at least 28 constituencies in GE14.

This would involve wresting Chinese-majority seats it lost such as Stampin, Bandar Kuching, Sarikei, Sibu and Lanang and Miri.

“We must have stronger representation in Parliament to fight for Sarawak rights,” Abang Johari said at the Sejiwa Senada programme at Batu Kawah here on Saturday.

The programme in Kuching is the fifth leg of the event after Miri, Saratok, Meradong and Sibuti. Next week, the Sejiwa Senada programme will be held in Lubok Antu. 

Sejiwa Senada is a free programme will give the public the opportunity to get services, information, and advice from government agencies, government-linked companies, NGOs and the private sector.

 
Abang Johari’s administration has lined up an agenda to transform the state economy. The state has embarked on building high-speed Internet facilities across the state as well as the Pan Borneo Highway project.

“Our new development approach is to embrace technology in all sectors, including agriculture.

He said modern farming methods would strengthen the rural economy, and create a diversity of agricultural products aimed at the global market,” he said.

Abang Johari also said that with the setting-up of Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), oil and gas royalties would be safeguarded working alongside Petronas.

He said that the additional revenue could support development of other projects such as a RM11bil LRT system across Kuching-Samaahan-Serian divisions, as well as a water grid project throughout the state.

“I promise to source more funds for Sarawak and we will assert our rights under MA63 (Malaysia Agreement 1963).

“We have to look into the future if we want to become a developed state by 2030,” Abang Johari said.

Abang Johari also mentioned plans to set up Sarawak’s very own television station in the future.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/05/abang-johari-welcomes-another-chinese-tsunami/

Orang Ulu want greater say in petroleum company

MIRI: The Orang Ulu want to be given a major role in projects undertaken by the newly-formed Sarawak oil company, Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros).

They are seeking contracts in upstream exploration operations and downstream spin-off sectors.

These were among the views expressed during the closed-door biennial conference of the Federation of Orang Ulu Association of Sarawak, Malaysia (Forum) held here yesterday.

Forum president Antonio Kahti Galis, who chaired the conference, said all the resolutions adopted by the delegates would be forwarded to the state government.

“We in Forum will liaise closely with the Chief Minister to link the Orang Ulu in urban and rural Sarawak with the state government on issues concerning our people.

“Forum wants to be the platform for that,” he said.

Orang Ulu from the Kiput minority ethnic group seen here in Kampung Kuala Tutoh in Ulu Baram. – filepic

The Orang Ulu, made up of Kayan, Kenyah, Kelabit, Lun Bawang, Kiput, Saban, Lahanan and others, also want to be represented at the management level of Petros so that they will have a direct say in polices and decison-making.

A delegate pointed out that at present, the management of Petros did not have any significant representation from the Orang Ulu.

“Orang Ulu have people with capabilities in the petroleum upstream and downstream sectors but until today, we only get small sub-contracts.

“This situation must be looked into so that Orang Ulu can play a significant role in our own petroleum sector.

“This would hasten the socioeconomic development of Orang Ulu people who are way behind other races,” he said.

Forum secretary-general Dick Bala said they will compile a report on the matters raised to be forwarded to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“The Chief Minister will be briefed on the matters raised by delegates including Petros.

“Other current issues affecting the Orang Ulu in terms of land and rural development will also be included in the report,” he said.

Forum was set up 10 years ago to function as the umbrella body for the Orang Ulu in the state and country.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/04/04/orang-ulu-want-greater-say-in-petroleum-company-delegates-at-closeddoor-meeting-say-involvement-shou/

Sarawak spells out rules on O&G ops and activities

State to assume full regulatory authority by July

KUCHING: Sarawak will assume full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream operations and activities of the oil and gas (O&G) industry by July this year.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said all companies or persons involved in the O&G industry must henceforth have the necessary licences, leases and approvals required either under the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 or Sarawak Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016.

“In other words, their operations and activities are required to comply with all state laws, including those related to the use and occupation of land,” he added when launching state-owned Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) here on Tuesday night.

However, Abang Johari said the enforcement of state laws would not jeopardise the interests or investments of national oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) and other companies already involved in the state’s O&G industry.

Sarawak has got back control over the exploitation of O&G resources, one of the key issues and part of the ongoing broader talks on the devolution of power between the state and federal governments.

He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak agreed to return to Sarawak power that had been inadventently eroded over the years.

“Sarawak has the constitutional rights to issue prospecting licences and mining leases under Item 2(c) of the State List in the Federal Constitution’s Ninth Schedule.

“The federal government’s rights to develop mineral resources under Item 8(j) of the Federal List in the Ninth Schedule is subject to Item 2(c) of the State List.”

According to Abang Johari, the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 was never repealed by emergency laws when the 1969 Proclamation of Emergency was in force and annulled in 2011.

He said the state cabinet had approved a bill to amend the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 to update the provisions and provide for better enforcement in the next session of the state legislative assembly in July.

The Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016 will come into force on July 1 this year.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said Petros would spearhead Sarawak’s participation in the strategic O&G industry to boost state development. Petros will be granted the rights to mine O&G in the state.

He also announced the appointment of Saau Kakok, a Bidayuh, with 40 years experience in the O&G industry, as Petros’ chief executive officer.

“Petros is fortunate to gain from Kakok’s experience, talent and vision. I am confident that Kakok is the right person to lead Petros into the future,” Abang Johari said.

It was earlier reported that some 40 candidates were eyeing for the Petros CEO post.

Kakok, 64, joined New York City-based exploration and production company Hess Corp as vice-president of global new business development in 2011.

He has served as a director in Hess Malaysia and Thailand Ltd, Hess Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd and Hess (Indonesia-South Sesulu) Ltd.

Kakok was Shell EP International Ltd’s vice-president from 2007 to 2009.

Petros chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo said Kakok would take up his appointment next month.

Bugo said Petros planned to have all essential staff recruited and to commence operations by the end of the year.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/03/08/sarawak-spells-out-rules-on-og-ops-and-activities/

Sarawak govt ‘disappointed’ with decision to postpone hearing

KUCHING: The Sarawak government has expressed its “deep disappointment” with the decision by the Federal Court to postpone a hearing over the state rights on its oil and gas resources to June 21.

In a statement yesterday, the state government said it will consider all other options to protect and enforce its constitutional rights in this matter,

“The state government would not allow Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) to disrespect and disregard our rights to regulate the upstream activities under our laws such as the Oil Mining Ordinance and the Land Code,” it said.

Over the past year, Sarawak has embarked on several initiatives that would see Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) come into force from July.

An official letter from Sarawak Attorney General (AG) Datuk Talat Mahmood Abdul Rashid to Petronas president and chief executive officer Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin on April 13 stated that from July 1, the state government would regulate the downstream and upstream O&G industry in accordance to state laws.

On June 4, Petronas filed a suit seeking a declaration from the Federal Court that it is the exclusive owner of petroleum resources in the country, as well as the only regulator of upstream activities nationwide, including in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, the Sabah government is set to intervene in the Petronas suit seeking a declaration that it is the exclusive owner of the country’s petroleum resources.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that he had asked the state AG to monitor the suit against the Sarawak government that would have implications on Sabah.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/06/12/sarawak-govt-disappointed-with-decision-to-postpone-hearing/

Supply base to be built in Bintulu for O&G industry

KUCHING: Sarawak will have its own multi-million ringgit integrated supply base in Bintulu next year to serve the needs of oil and gas (O&G) industry.

Phase one of the supply base project, which is undertaken by Bintulu Supply Base Sdn Bhd (BSB), is expected to cost RM300mil. It will provide a 370m long wharf able to accommodate four offshore supply vessels at any one time.

The supply base is scheduled to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Bintulu Supply Base signed an agreement to lease land at the Second Inner Harbour, Bintulu Port for the project from Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (BPHB) yesterday.

The signatories were Bintulu Supply Base chairman Ahmadi Yusoff and BPHB chairman Hadzari Abang. Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg witnessed the ceremony.

Bintulu Supply Base is a smart partnership between Yayasan Sarawak and state-owned private companies OBYU Holdings Sdn Bhd and Kris Sakti Petroleum Sdn Bhd. It is a strategic asset and infrastructure for the growth of the Sarawak O&G industry.

“The integrated supply base will provide a one-stop solution for the O&G industry, from exploration to development to production needs, including provision of facilities and services to support drilling operations.

“The integrated asset and facilities hold the key to ensure a cost effective and efficient solution to the O&G players,” according to Bintulu Supply Base.

The company said the development of the supply base would be carried out in phases, taking into consideration the specific requirement of the O&G industry.

“The phased development approach is based on market demand and the fit for purpose of the O&G players.

“The supply base will operate in compliance with the industry health, safety, security and environment standard,” it added.

Bintulu Supply Base said as the project is strategically located in relation to the offshore fields in the Sarawak Basin in close proximity to fields offshore Sarawak, this would enable cost efficiencies to be attained by the O&G players from cost savings due to the shorter travel time from offshore to onshore.

Ahmadi said the set-up of the supply base was in line with Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) initiatives to achieve cost efficiency and operational effectiveness especially for players in Sarawak.

Johari described the integrated supply base project as a significant development of Sarawak’s O&G inclusion strategy.

“It will provide a strong platform for a most effective and efficient logistical service to the upstream activities undertaken by O&G companies on the continental shell, off the coast of Sarawak where valuable petroleum and natural gas resources are located,” he said.

The chief minister said the Sarawak government had decided to issue mining leases to the newly set-up Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), thereby vesting the mining rights unto Petros.

He said Petros would work out fair and equitable arrangement with Petronas and other companies relating to the mining of O&G from the areas covered by the mining leases.

“In regulating the upstream O&G production, Petronas must only deal with Petros to produce and extract oil and gas from beneath land within the state’s boundaries.

“Petros, under direction from the state government, will then enter into mining and production sharing agreements with Petronas and other major industry players,” he added.

Johari said the state government would also regulate gas distribution in Sarawak by July 1, this year with the enforcement of the Gas Distribution Ordinance, 2016.

“In regulating the distribution of gas ,the state expects to secure more gas necessary to expand its electricity generation capacity and accelerate industrial growth in Sarawak.

“The government wants to put an end to the present scenario whereby Sarawak has abundant gas for export to countries like Japan and South Korea but not enough gas for its own domestic use or to propel its industrialisation agenda.”

The chief minister said that under the Gas Distribution (Licence) Regulations 2018, the distribution of gas to any customers (intermediate and end-users) from any gas processing plant in Sarawak (both onshore and offshore) by way of pipeline would require a licence.

He said Petros would be granted a licence by the state to distribute gas from Petronas processing separation plant at Tanjung Kidurong, Bintulu.

By July 1, Sarawak would assume full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream aspects of the O&G industry, he said.

The O&G unit of the Chief Minister’s Office will organise an engagement with Petronas and other industry players by the middle of next month to ensure an orderly implementation of the new policies related to the O&G industry.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/04/20/supply-base-to-be-built-in-bintulu-for-og-industry/

Barakah to the rescue of beleaguered Malaysian owned Otto Marine?

PETALING JAYA: The fate of financially-distressed Singapore shipping company Otto Marine Ltd, which is owned by Malaysian tycoon Datuk Seri Yaw Chee Siew, is in the hands of Barakah Offshore Petroleum Bhd .

Sources said Otto Marine was banking on getting contracts from Barakah to resuscitate its business which is on the verge of collapse.

“Barakah may even take up a stake in Otto Marine if the collaboration pans out,” said a source.

There have been reports that Otto Marine would face collapse without the intervention of Singapore courts. Based on its current cash reserves, it could probably only subsist for two more months. Otto Marine was delisted in 2016 and has been recording losses since 2011.

It appeared that Otto Marine might have secured a letter of intent from an “unidentified party” willing to invest in the firm if certain conditions were met, said Chee Siew the executive chairman, in court papers, reported by Bloomberg.

Sources said that Barakah could be the white knight.

This would make sense as the founder of Sarawak’s timber giant Samling group Tan Sri Yaw Teck Seng is the second largest shareholder of Barakah with an 11.91% stake via United Power Group Holdings Ltd. He is Chee Siew’s father.

United Power has been increasing its stake in Barakah in 2017.

Teck Seng is deemed interested by virtue of his shareholding in Yaw Holding Sdn Bhd, which owns United Power’s holding company Samling Energy Sdn Bhd.

The Samling group is one of the conglomerates in Sarawak with its main business in the plantation, forestry and property development sectors, and via Samling Energy, it has a presence in the oil and gas (O&G) sector.

Meanwhile, Chee Siew is best known in local circles as the executive chairman of Perdana Parkcity Sdn Bhd – the developer of the successful Desa ParkCity township in Kepong.

When the Samling Group started upping its stake in Barakah last year, many saw it as an entry into the O&G industry in Sarawak.

In September, Sarawak set up its own version of Petroliam Nasional Bhd – Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros). Petros is looking for a chief executive and other key officials to drive the organisation.

All O&G-related jobs in Sarawak will likely be channelled through Petros.

Barakah, which is mainly involved in the offshore pipeline service provider segment, could be a good vehicle for the Samling group.

Founder and chief executive officer Nik Hamdan Daud is the single largest shareholder with a 39% stake.

Barakah closed last Friday at 28 sen, down 61.54% on a one-year basis. At this level, it has a market cap of RM227.26mil.

For now, Barakah remains loss-making. For the nine months to Sept 30, 2017, it recorded losses of RM142.87mil from a net profit of RM10.45mil in the same period previously.

Revenue decreased to RM232.26mil from RM407.46mil duting the same period previously.

Last November, Barakah’s unit, PBJV Group Sdn Bhd, entered into a consortium agreement with Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corp and Samling Energy to jointly bid for O&G-related projects in Sarawak.

Upon the successful award of the contracts, the parties would enter into a specific project consortium agreement and determine the scope of work of each party, Barakah said in a filing with Bursa Malaysia.

Brooke Dockyard is a leading marine engineering and fabrication company involved in the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of offshore O&G platforms, shipbuilding and ship repair, bridges, infrastructure, and onshore manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Samling Energy has significant investments in the O&G sector, including offshore support vessels and shipyard, and has expertise that includes transport and installation, decommissioning and drilling.

Otto Marine is among companies in the O&G services industry struggling to meet financial obligations after a plunge in crude prices.

Among its peers that have fallen are Swiber Holdings Ltd, Ezion Holdings Ltd and Ezra Holding Ltd.

Otto Marine, which is saddled with liabilities of US$877mil, is asking the Singapore High Court for protection.

The shipbuilder wants to turn around under the court’s supervision and fend off creditors while it restructures its debt, according to its Feb 20 application for judicial management, which was obtained by Bloomberg.

In the application, Chee Siew was quoted as saying: “I cannot be expected to continue shouldering the financial burden and injecting fresh capital into the company.”

Chee Siew took full control of the ailing firm in October 2016 and is the single biggest creditor with S$208mil due to him and affiliates, the papers showed.

The financial collapse of the group is imminent unless the High Court provides breathing room, he said.

According to Chee Siew, there is a reasonable probability of rehabilitating the company.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/02/26/barakah-to-the-rescue/

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/

Federal Court turns down Petronas bid to challenge Sarawak

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court has dismissed Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) application to commence proceedings to determine that the national oil company is the sole authority of all upstream oil and gas activities in the country, including Sarawak.

Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Ahmad Maarop had on Friday morning rejected Petronas’ application of leave to commence proceeding on the matter in the Federal Court. 

Petronas had last month filed an application to seek a declaration from the Federal Court on matters pertaining to the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) and its position with regard to the regulatory controls of upstream activities in Sarawak. 

This came in the wake of Sarawak setting up its own oil and gas company, Petros, as the regulator of oil and gas activities in the state based on Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO). 

Petronas is seeking a declaration that the OMO was repealed by the PDA and hence Petros is not valid.

Petronas is seeking a declaration that the PDA was duly enacted by Parliament and stated that Petronas is the exclusive regulatory authority for the upstream industry throughout Malaysia, including in Sarawak.
 

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/06/22/federal-court-turns-down-petronas-bid-to-challenge-sarawak/

Development plans put Sarawak on right track

KUCHING: Sarawak has achieved positive economic growth despite global economic uncertainty, Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud said.

He said the state’s economy grew by 4.7% last year compared to 2.3% in 2016, while the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita increased from RM44,000 in 2016 to RM46,000.

Exports also grew from RM77bil in 2016 to RM96bil last year. The poverty rate meanwhile dropped from 0.9% in 2014 to 0.6% last year and unemployment remained at less than 4%.

“Sarawak’s growth is supported by strong economic fundamentals, good administration and financial management by the state government,” Taib said when opening the Sarawak Legislative Assembly session here yesterday.

He said the state government’s development plans, such as the Socio-Economic Transformation Plan, Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and Digital Economy Plan, would continue to boost growth and attract investment.

“These are people-centric plans that will improve socio-economic standards and create jobs, especially for the talented and highly-skilled younger generation,” he said.

In particular, he said the Digital Economy Plan could increase productivity in sectors like agriculture, manufacturing and services by promoting the use of digital technology and applications.

“The digital economy has the potential to create new opportunities for our younger generation.

“I believe our young people have the creative and innovative skills necessary for the digital era,” he said.

On another matter, Taib expressed confidence that the state government would be able to manage Sarawak’s oil and gas resources for the benefit of the people.

He said efforts towards developing and managing these resources sustainably had been put in place, including the enforcement of the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 and Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016 and the formation of Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros).

“This is in line with Sarawak’s aspiration to become an oil and gas hub in the region and to collaborate with Petronas for the interest of Malaysia and the state,” he said.

As such, he said Sarawak’s rights to its territorial waters must be preserved so that the oil and gas resources found there could be developed to benefit the state.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/07/10/development-plans-put-sarawak-on-right-track-state-economy-grew-by-47-last-year-poverty-rate-dropped/

One month bonus for Sarawak civil servants

KUCHING: Civil servants in Sarawak will receive a “special incentive payment” of one month’s salary or a minimum of RM2,000 from the state government next month.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pix) said this was in recognition and appreciation of civil servants who had contributed to Sarawak’s development and growth.

“This special incentive payment is also in view of the commendable financial performance and healthy financial position of the state, which is attributed to the committed service, prudent spending and discipline financial management of the civil service,” he said in his winding-up speech at the state assembly on Friday (Nov 17).

Abang Johari said the payment would involve an estimated sum of RM45mil for 22,549 people in the state civil service, including local authorities and statutory bodies.

“I trust that this special incentive payment will further motivate our civil service to continue with their excellent service delivery,” he added.

On another matter, Abang Johari said Sarawak would exert its mining rights by requiring Petronas to obtain the necessary licences and leases before it can operate in the state’s territory.

He said while the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) gave Petronas the right to explore and mine petroleum in Sarawak, the right to issue mining leases remained in the state list of the Federal Constitution.

“We are saying that even if the PDA has vested the rights to exploration and export of petroleum in Petronas by the Federal Government, it does not mean that Petronas has the right to simply enter into Sarawak territory, be it land or sea,” he said.

However, Abang Johari said this did not mean Sarawak was not friendly to the petroleum business in the state.

“We welcome the development of the petroleum industry in Sarawak. We have even set up Petroleum Sarawak Berhad or Petros to develop the petroleum industry in Sarawak.

“We have no intention of disrupting the normal business of the petroleum industry in Sarawak when we exert our mining rights under the Federal Constitution,” he said.

He added that the high-level special task force to be set up by the state government would look at ways and means to exert Sarawak’s rights over its natural resources as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement.

“Having a line of communication with the Federal Government on our rights is only one of the ways. Doing whatever we can in Sarawak to exert our rights is another way.

“We shall have to put our heads together. In the words of my late predecessor Tan Sri Adenan Satem, all that we are doing here is to reclaim our rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and which have been encroached by the Federal authorities,” he said.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/11/17/one-month-bonus-sarawak-civil-servants/

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