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August 21, 2012

Sarawak to discuss oil royalty review with federal govt

Bernama

Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud says he will discuss the matter based on his good relationship with the prime minister.

The state government will discuss the need to review the current 5% petroleum royalty paid to Sarawak with the federal government based on the prevailing close relationship and goodwill between both sides, Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud said today.

Concurring that state leaders from both sides of the political divide had struck a common ground on the issue, he said, both sides needed to sit down and discuss the matter, especially following the recent announcement by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak that a special committee was being set up to study the petroleum royalty to East Coast states.

“The matter will be discussed with the federal government based on my good relationship with the prime minister,” he told reporters at his Hari Raya open house at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here.

Early this month Najib had announced that the committee was given six months to study the matter before making recommendations to the federal government, which would put to rest all questions surrounding the royalty payment.

However, many state political leaders had said that a review of the petroleum royalty to East Coast states should include Sarawak and Sabah since both were the main contributors to the national petroleum production.

Sarawak Barisan Nasional deputy women chief Fatimah Abdullah was quoted as saying it was time for the agreement on the 5% oil royalty be revised since it was made more than four decades ago.

DAP state chairman Wong Ho Leng said it was the federal government’s duty to look into interest of both states, to elevate their status to be on par with states in the peninsula.

Bernama

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24 Comments »

  1. Questions :-
    1. When is the discussion going to be held ? We need to know the time frame.Before or after this election.
    2. How much is the percentage we are asking ?
    3, Is everything going to be transparent and open for the whole Sarawak to see and vote on ? The People of Sarawak needs to be consulted and so transparency is vital cause WE don’t TRUST BN anymore.
    4. How will the new Oil Royalty be used for the benefits for Sarawakians.
    These are some questions , maybe others can chip in some more.

    Comment by WelcomeToSarawak — August 21, 2012 @ 9:57 PM | Reply

    • Bro, let me reply, but correct me if I am wrong.
      1. It will be after the fall of BN in the next GE
      2. Reasonably 25%
      3. It will be made transparent, Sarawakians should be put in the picture all the time, should not ali baba, or under table or under the bed
      4. First, make good a proper pan-borneo highways, replaced all colonial time hospitals (clinics to be exact), improve schools, clean water and electrical supply (not generators), improve road networking to interior areas

      Comment by Disappointed Sarawakian — August 22, 2012 @ 12:21 PM | Reply

      • 25% reasonable? No Way! Its our state’s wealth we are talking about. It should be the other way round or 5% only to Federal. Let them taste their own medicine which they have tortured us Sarawakians and Sabahn with for the last 50 years! The whole of Malaya is being developed with Sabah and Sarawak Oil Money and we want only an increase of 20% when the Oil wells are drying up? And to taib,make sure no side deals ah? You said you already have more then you could ever spent!

        Comment by Brian — August 23, 2012 @ 7:00 PM | Reply

  2. All these years being part of the federation has seen zero improvement in the quality of life of the average citizens of our Sarawak. WHY? Because we don’t have a leader who will stick up for all of us and the past leaders were all kow-towing to their Malayan masters.All this immense wealth that belongs to Sabah and Sarawak are lost to the Malayans and they always see us as ‘jungle people’ to be exploited and bullied. When can Sarawakians wake up and reclaim what is rightfully ours? Taib is happy with what he has amassed all these years and we cannot expect him to turn against his masters. Surely independence will be worth aiming for but we need leaders to lead us. Singapore had Lee Kwan Yew and Brunei had the previous Sultan and look at those countries now. High standard of living and happy citizens.

    Comment by Sarawakian1 — August 21, 2012 @ 7:37 PM | Reply

  3. The BN stole from the 5%. They are going to steal more from the 20% and even more from 50%. To the BN, the RAKYAT is of some use during elections, after that THE RAKYAT IS NOTHING.

    Comment by keluro — August 21, 2012 @ 6:50 PM | Reply

  4. At least ask for 50%

    Comment by tigeryk — August 21, 2012 @ 5:54 PM | Reply

  5. Why only now?

    Comment by Is it becos of GE13? — August 21, 2012 @ 5:39 PM | Reply

  6. SABAH WRITER PUTS SABAH SARAWAK OIL IN CONTEXT

    (Posted from Wikisabah News

    http://wikisabah.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/sarawak-to-discuss-oil-royalty-review.html#comment-form

    Apologies as this is a Google translation but the meaning is there)

    The 2 colonies pay higher fuel prices despite their being oil producers in “1Malaysia” Bolehland.

    MALAYSIA –- No 27th oil producer in the world. Petrol RM2.90 per liter.
    QATAR – No 22nd oil producer in the world. Petrol at RM0.75 per liter.
    OMAN – No 28th oil producer in the world. Petrol RM1.00 per liter.
    EGYPT (Egypt) –No 29th oil producer in the world. Petrol RM1.06 per liter.
    IRAN – No 8th oil producer in the world. Petrol RM0.35 per liter.

    DiBrunei, BND0.53 oil per liter (RM1.25 per liter).

    Can …… Sabah oil with RM1.25 per liter sama2 neighboring Brunei. Brunei and Sabah’s oil comes from wells under the sea the same brush-up and sama2 oil blessed by Allah / God.

    Sabah and Sarawak oil producers, price equal to Perlis, Johor, Selangor, etc. that do not produce oil. Oil prices in Sabah, Sarawak, Kelantan and Trengganu be far cheaper than other negeri2 who does not produce oil. Proton issued by government-related GLCs and Umno. Proton selling price cheaper in diSemananjung than diSabah sales price. Same meaning if oil produced diSabah diSabah cheaper price than diSemananjung price. Ngamkan kalo be so?

    Gas produced from the earth Sabah and Sarawak. Gas tu sent keSemananjung and there IPP electricity producers are subsidized by $19 billion a year to cheaper electricity rates for consumers there. Kalo RM1.0 billion given KPD diSabah electricity users, 833.333 home will get electricity free of RM100 per month for one year.

    Promises are kept
    1 Malaysia, People First, Performance Now.

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    Comments: Last year Petronas contributed to half of the national budget being $60 billion it is likely that Sabah and Sarawak contributed to at last 65% of that amount.

    Comment by inf — August 21, 2012 @ 3:36 PM | Reply

  7. COMMENTS ON PAKATAN ENTICEMENTS FOR SABAH & SARAWAK

    People- these offers are nothing news. The Malayan snake oil salesmen also made the SAME offers IN THE 1960S when they tried to lure us to support their UK sponsored Malaysia idea. They spent the next 49 years robbing us and using the money to develop Malaya.

    We should not fall for more bullshit- because if they are sincere they should return control of our oil and gas and compensate us for all the money they stole!

    “PR in Buku Jingga among others vows to :

    Recognizing the position of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners in the Malaysian Federation, and honouring previous agreements made,

    1. Reinstate autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak in line with and within the framework of the Federal Constitution and the Federation Agreement.

    49 YEARS TOO LATE. ANWAR WAS DPM & NEVER SAID ONE WORD ABOUT “AUTONOMY” – MORE ACCURATE COPLONISATION & MALAYANISATION”! WHAT HAPPENED TO BORNEONISATION?

    2. Increase the royalties paid on petroleum and hydrocarbon resources to Sabah and Sarawak to 20% from the present 5%.

    HOW ABOUT 100%??? AND RETURN CONTROL OF OUR OIL FIELDS NOW?!!

    Even if we got 20% royalty – 80% of what is rightfully our oil wealth is going to be distributed to Malayan states. What for???
    The Malayan retain control of our oil illegally because Rahman Yakub and Taib were not authorized to do this nor did they ever consult or got approval from the Sarawak people to sign away our national heritage!

    3. Establish a Royal Commission to solve the chronic problem of illegal immigration and citizenship in Sabah.

    SEND ALL ILLEGALS TO MALAYA! THE BEST SOLUTION!

    4. Assist bring the level of infrastructural development in Sabah and Sarawak up to par with other states of the Federation.

    49 YEARS TOO LATE. WHY ONLY PROPOSE NOW- AFTER ALL OUR OIL REVENUE HAS BEEN USED TO DEVELOP MALAYAN INFRASTRUCTURES & MADE MAHATHIR & CRONIES BILLIONAIRES THROUGH PETRONAS FAVOURED COMPANIES.

    5. Promote national integration between Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia through a fair power-sharing arrangement that fully upholds the spirit of the Federation.

    WHY INTEGRATION? WE ARE ALREADY COLONISED & MALAYSANISED WITHIN MALAYSIA. NO INTEGRATION BUT FREE & DE-COLONISE SABAH SARAWAK FOR REAL NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE!

    NO MORE BULLSHIT!

    WE DEMAND FULL NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE!

    TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY!
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    Comment by CITIZENS — August 21, 2012 @ 10:20 AM | Reply

    • WHY PROMOTE MALAYAN INTERESTS?

      “Promote national integration between Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia through a fair power-sharing arrangement that fully upholds the spirit of the Federation”

      This raises issues about Sarawakians working for Pakatan objectives! Are they our Sarawak NATIONAL objectives?

      SUPP leaders betrayed and sold out Sarawak in 1971. They empowered UMNO with the needed 2/3 majority after it lost this in 1969. SO the magnitude of the SUPP traitor leaders is unimaginably criminals. The sad part is that these useless people’s representatives got nothing for their members and Sarawak people. They are just played around ans screwed by UMNO and PBB. Yet they vote with UMNO to keep them in power!

      Now only Malayan parties control the Sarawak opposition to take over Sarawak and our best educated people work for them unlike Sabahans who are smarter and not get trapped again as in 1963!

      Is not this just as bad as the SUPP Leadership betrayal of 1971? Are we going to get more of the same???

      Comment by OUR SARAWAK — August 21, 2012 @ 11:24 AM | Reply

  8. WHY HAS TAIB BEEN SO QUIET ABOUT OUR OIL RIGHTS FOR 35 YEARS?

    Thanks Pengayau for the facts- we should circulate this plus a number of articles already published- see list below

    Taib sounds very “off hand”: “Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud says he will discuss the matter based on his good relationship with the prime minister”.

    49 years in “Malaysia” and over 35 years since Taib has been in the position to say things. Yet neither he nor any of the gutless representatives of the people have raised any noise until now when the people’s anger and pressure for our oil revenue has reached exploding point.

    This “Chief Minister” has sat his bum letting the people suffered from high fuel prices when Sarawak is an energy producer on one hand while the other he robbed them blind of their land.

    Unfortunately he and his uncle were responsible for signing away all our off shore oil rights. That is why he has been so quiet about this issue.

    There may be more to this – he and his uncle may also like Mahathir are making huge fortunes secretly by their Petronas “favoured” companies with their private pipeline into our oilfields!

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    [list of recent vidoes web blogs & online articles on oil issues:

    1. Reuters report on Petronas- Video & Transcript online

    http://www.reuters.com/video/2012/06/29/meet-petronas-malaysias-main-cash-pipeli?videoId=236279515

    2. Reuters Petronas report – comments made on on Radio Plenty Valley FM 88.6 27/07/12

    http://borneoherald.blogspot.com/2012/08/special-report-petronas-chafes-at-its.html

    3. Comments in Sarawak Headhunter

    http://sarawakheadhunter.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/sarawak-sabah-want-their-petroleum.html

    4. This article on SUPP Leaders betrayal of Sarawak by joining and handing over a 2/3 majority UMNO BN in 1971 paving way for Constitutional amendment entrenching “special privileges”, NEP and Petronas act.

    http://borneoherald.blogspot.com/2012/08/how-umno-actually-remained-in-power.html

    5. QUIET FURY grips Sabah & S’wak over Putrajaya’s 55-years Merdeka claim

    http://borneoherald.blogspot.com/2012/08/quiet-fury-grips-sabah-swak-over.html

    “Class action suit to make British pay, suffer for their sins. The Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (BoPi MaFo), a Trust set up this week in the United Kingdom, intends to file a class action suit in London against the British Government for abandoning Sabah and Sarawak to Malayan colonialism in 1963″

    Comment by SARAWAKIANS — August 21, 2012 @ 10:17 AM | Reply

    • TAIB IS RELATED TO NAJIB THROUGH MARRIAGE

      Comment by anon — August 21, 2012 @ 10:19 AM | Reply

  9. Is he hinting at our local media, though extremely pro to government, should be totally blamed for not reporting to Sarawakians on his state bn counterparts their attempt to fight for a rise in our state oil royalty? A very crafty man.

    Why only now he sounded the motion, to discuss the matter directly with PM? Is the present PM weak because of his total failure to lay out attractive menu for the statesmen selection. Ahem, already over borrowing, where else to dig for money? Moreover, with the PR presence it makes the cunning foxes a hard-day run.

    Why it takes several decades to move a motion? There is no seriousness in good governance over our stately affairs then. When only waited now after PR has had driven a strong and logical point to fight on the fairness in the economic cake distributions?

    Any proposal on Petronas to be managed only and equally by the oil producing states.

    Stop the corruptions.

    Comment by miaOwkia — August 21, 2012 @ 10:11 AM | Reply

  10. There again…. the BN leaders have nullified their own claim, “Janji Ditepati” as decades have passed and almost no demands made in the 18/20 points Agreements for Sarawak and Sabah have been implemented by UMNO/BN regime. This is not about our Oil and gas only but the lamentable state of social and economic well-being of Sarawak/Sabah masses is the main issue against the background of both states having rich natural resources.

    Why make a foul cry now come the GE13? We now have PAKATAN as an alternative with its good offer in the BUKU JINGGA to be implemented if it were to win the GE13. The Rakyat should get read of all the corruptions, nepotism, cronyism and abuses of power prevailing in the UMNO/BN regime during its 53 years rule by booting the regime from Putrajaya.

    Together we save Malaysia!!!! VOTE FOR CHANGE.

    Comment by Justice Lover — August 21, 2012 @ 9:35 AM | Reply

    • MESSAGE FOR 31 AUGUST (MALAYAN INDEPENDENCE DAY) & 16 SEPTEMBER (COLONISATION DAY)

      SAVE SARAWAK BY DE-COLONISING FROM MALAYA COLONIAL RULE!

      Comment by anon — August 21, 2012 @ 10:29 AM | Reply

  11. The chief minister of Sarawak and Sabah need not have a close or “special” relationship with the PM or Federal Government under Pakatan Rakyat. Both Sarawak and Sabah shall get their deserving 20% petroleum royalty and all Malaysians will get to enjoy a much cheaper car when Pakatan Rakyat were to be given the mandate

    55 years was long enough for the federal government to evaluate and realise what had not been fair to Sarawak and Sabah and for them to see how lacking in developments are these two states compared to development in Peninsular Malaysia.

    Any increase in petroleum royalty to Sarawak and Sabah when Taib Mahmud and Musa Aman are still in power shall be counter productive as they will be waiting to siphon and plunder more revenues and federal allocations. Only a Pakatan Rakyat Federal government shall ensure they are investigated and charged for massive corruption and power abuses.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — August 21, 2012 @ 8:12 AM | Reply

    • 55 YEARS?????? ONLY 49 YEARS IN COLONIAL MALAYSIA & THAT’S A GUTS FULL OF MALAYAN SHIT!

      Don’t fall for the Malayan bullshit propaganda that we had 55 years independence! Sarawak became “independent” on 22 JUly 1963 and got swallowed up in “Malaysia” on 16 Sept 1963. What independence is that?

      Why ask for more?

      Why 20% royalty? We owned 100% of the oilfields and some bastard related to Taib signed away our national wealth!

      We should demand 100% return control plus compensation for all the loss over the last 49 years of colonization and Malayanisation!

      Comment by anon — August 21, 2012 @ 10:34 AM | Reply

    • Dare you give us (Sabah & Sarawak) 20%, We’ll blast, chop off your head with the sharp parang? Tak malu…. perampas hak orang Sabah Sarawak.

      Comment by Orang Asal — August 22, 2012 @ 10:10 AM | Reply

  12. A bit late in the day for this; we haven’t got much oil left. You should have done this when you first came into power, shouldn’t you? But you didn’t really care then and certainly not now. All you wanted back then was come into power and grab Sarawak’s wealth for you and your family. So don’t talk krap now. Just go away. Shoo, disappear.

    Comment by Ling — August 21, 2012 @ 4:30 AM | Reply

  13. Factual facts

    1. It is his uncle, the 3rd Chief Minister of Sarawak, Tun Rahman Yaakub who sign the agreement (Petroleum Development Act 1974) in 1976 on behalf of the Peoples of Sarawak, on behalf of Sarawak Government granting RIGHTS, POWERS, LIBERTIES AND PRIVILEGES IN RESPECT OF PETROLEUM in perpetuity (FOREVER!), thus granting the exclusive rights, powers, liberties and privileges of exploring, exploiting, winning and obtaining petroleum whether lying onshore or offshore of Sarawak to PETRONAS!!

    2. It is his uncle, Tun Rahman Yaakub who agreed with 5% Oil Royalty which to be paid CASH annually and directly to the State Government in return for the ownership and the rights, powers, liberties and privileges vested in it by virtue of PDA 1974. http://www.agc.gov.my/Akta/Vol.%203/Act%20144.pdf

    3. Under United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS),http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Convention_on_the_Law_of_the_Sea state has special rights over the exploration within 12 nautical miles from shore but when we sign the Petroleum Development Act 1974, we gave EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS POWERS, LIBERTIES and PRIVILEGGES in respect of the said petroleum, and to control the carrying on of downstream activities and development relating to petroleum to Petronas!

    Within 200 nautical miles from shore is called Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and its all goes to FEDERAL!

    Those 5% Oil Royalty that being given to us now is only for any mineral resources exploited within 3 nautical miles from shore! What about another 9 nautical miles?

    4. Fast forward 36 years after the agreement being signed with Petronas, NONE of our Sarawakians leaders has the guts to request or even demand for a better deal, better Oil Royalty for Sarawak.

    5. We’re 20 years left behind in terms of basic infrastructures compare to Malaya.

    6. We are Rich but yet we are Poor! Sabah/Sarawak, the Poor Rich Kids!

    7. Only now the most beloved Chief Monster of Sarawak finally has an “inspiration” to negotiate a better deal on Oil Royalty for Sarawak? Well Taib Mahmud as “The Wise Old Man” know that he has the upper hand to make a “deal” with Najib as the fate of UMNO/BN lies in the hand of Sabah, Sarawak in this upcoming General Erection

    8. Sabah has 25 and Sarawak has 31 Parliamentary seats respectively and Taib know very well that Sabah/Sarawak is the Kingmaker in every sense of words for both PR or BN

    PR in Buku Jingga among others vows to :

    Recognizing the position of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners in the Malaysian Federation, and honouring previous agreements made,

    1. Reinstate autonomy to Sabah and Sarawak in line with and within the framework of the Federal Constitution and the Federation Agreement.

    2. Increase the royalties paid on petroleum and hydrocarbon resources to Sabah and Sarawak to 20% from the present 5%.

    3. Establish a Royal Commission to solve the chronic problem of illegal immigration and citizenship in Sabah.

    4. Assist bring the level of infrastructural development in Sabah and Sarawak up to par with other states of the Federation.

    5. Promote national integration between Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia through a fair power-sharing arrangement that fully upholds the spirit of the Federation.

    Read more here http://pengayau.wordpress.com/2012/08/20/swak-to-discuss-oil-royalty-review-with-federal-govt/#more-4027

    Comment by Pengayau — August 21, 2012 @ 3:05 AM | Reply

    • What 20% you’re talking about? Still sleeping? WE WANT 100 PERCENTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT………………..

      Comment by Orang Asal — August 22, 2012 @ 9:24 AM | Reply

      • YES BROTHER ALL THAT MONEY COULD FUND FREE EDUCATION UP TO UNIVERSITY LEVEL OF ALL ULU & OTHER POOR PEOPLE, BUILD FINE INFRASTRUCTURES, 10 LAND BORNEO SUPER HIGHWAY 10 TIMES AROUND BORNEO, PROVIDE FOR SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES EVERYONE FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE.

        THAT IS THE VALUE OF OUR WEALTH! AND THERE SHOULD BE NO TAXES!

        Comment by ANTI-MALAYAN COLONIALISM — August 26, 2012 @ 4:59 PM | Reply

  14. Stop pretending Taib, just go away.

    Comment by Analist — August 21, 2012 @ 12:42 AM | Reply


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