Hornbill Unleashed

June 13, 2017

‘State must be clear on territorial rights, authority of its oil’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Image result for See Chee HowBatu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How welcomes the announcement by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg on the setting-up of a state-owned company to partake in upstream and downstream petroleum-related development activities.

However, See said the Chief Minister must first obtain the response of Putrajaya to the state representation on the Territorial Sea Act 2012, which was submitted by the late Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, stressing that Abang Johari must be clear with Sarawak’s territorial integrity and the executive jurisdiction and authority over the matter of development, better safeguards and conservation of petroleum and other valuable resources in Sarawak’s territorial sea.

“We need the response of the federal government to clarify on Sarawak laws and ordinances such as the Sarawak Land Code, Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 and the numerous orders on the definition and alternation of Sarawak and North Borneo (now Sabah) boundaries, that the sovereign rights and authority over our territory remain with Sarawak as it were prior to the emergency orders which have since been lifted,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

See, who is state PKR vice-chairman, was commenting on Abang Johari’s statement on Saturday that the state government is planning to establish a state-owned offshore oil and gas exploration company in order to participate in the industry.

Commenting further, See said the state and federal governments should also deliberate on the legality and validity of such related laws, which were enacted during the Emergency Order to the extent that it affected Sarawak’s constitutional and legal rights to exercise executive powers over state resources.

“Unless and until the question of ownership of the continental shelf within Sarawak’s territory is unresolved, it is futile to talk about cooperation with Petronas on petroleum development in exploration, prospecting and oil and gas mining at this juncture.”

He pointed out that disputes will arise whether Sarawak can assert sovereign rights to petroleum resources and how far the state can assert its autonomy and authority over the remaining blocks and fields of oil and gas potentials not encumbered with existing production-sharing agreements.

“Indeed, we would render our full support to the initiative of the state administration to set up a state body, preferably a state sovereign wealth fund, to undertake any and all upstream and downstream oil and gas projects in Sarawak’s territory, to ensure that Sarawak will be an active participant and not just a mere participant in the oil and gas industry.”

However, See said Sarawak must first clarify with Putrajaya on the state’s autonomous and sovereign rights to its territorial boundary and the resources found within its domain.

Source : The Borneo Post Online


1 Comment »

  1. Pull out and become independent.

    Comment by tigeryk — June 13, 2017 @ 10:11 AM | Reply

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