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.