Hornbill Unleashed

March 13, 2018

MP slammed for bad views on announcement of state’s power over O&G resources

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen has been slammed for exhibiting a very negative attitude against Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s recent announcement regarding the state’s rights over its oil and gas (O&G) resources.

According to Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang, the way Chong commented on the announcement is like he (Chong) is not from Sarawak.

He also likens Chong’s action to ‘pouring cold water over’ Abang Johari’s sincere and positive effort in regaining the state’s rights.

“At least the chief minister is making the effort in gaining Sarawak’s rights back as best as he could – we can also question Chong, what has he done for Sarawak? Instead of standing by Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari, he (Chong) is doing the opposite,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

Chong is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman and Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak chairman. Lo also said the authority over land still lies with the Sarawak government, and the chief minister rightfully says that any wish to prospect for O&G on Sarawak land needs the approval of the state government.

Adding on, Lo said Sarawak is blessed to have a far-sighted chief minister, who has set up the state’s very own O&G company Petros.

“We will work with Petronas (national petroleum company) but it does not mean that we cannot work with other oil companies. It is now about who can give better returns for the benefit of Sarawak,” Lo said, adding that Abang Johari had opened the door of opportunities in the O&G industry for Sarawak.

“It is now up to the capability and diligence of Sarawakians to pursue the dream of the state having a say over the control of its own resources.”

On the contrary, Lo said Chong is unable to lead Sarawak towards achieving its autonomy, because Chong ‘represents a peninsula-based party’.

“Since he cannot lead Sarawak, I advise him (Chong) to throw his fullest support behind the chief minister, and to get all his Pakatan Harapan ‘brothers and sisters’ to press for the constitutional changes in Parliament in favour of the Malaysian Agreement 1963 which in turn, would favour of all Sarawakians,” said Lo.

In his recent remarks, Chong said Abang Johari’s announcement on Sarawak’s regulatory power over its O&G was ‘much ado about nothing’ and ‘a big disappointment’.

Chong also said despite the announcement and the so-called devolution of power, the state’s entitlement to its O&G royalties remains a meagre five per cent, and the remaining revenues generated from the exploration of O&G still go to the federal government and Petronas.

Source : The Borneo Post Online




  1. Does this Lo fellow think every Sarawakian thinks like him, believing every promise made by the federal government will be kept? We are not idiots, Mr Lo.

    Comment by apai — April 5, 2018 @ 7:22 AM | Reply

  2. Lo Khere Chiand. Do you know the law and whatever laws passed in Parliament you and the CM pretend to be stupid. Being knowledgeable but chose to be naive or stupid are two different things. Do not insult the intelligence of the educated voters. And do not misleed the riral and less discerning voters.

    Comment by Sabriman — March 17, 2018 @ 2:37 PM | Reply

  3. 1. BN Sarawak has been running the show for the past over 50 years. Previously a lot of promises been given by Federal but never fulfilled . Now election is coming , so lots and lots of promises given but which later are going to be kosong again.
    2. Just give us your stand on the 1MDB scandal. Fake news ??

    Comment by Sii Pai Gong — March 16, 2018 @ 12:29 PM | Reply

  4. SUPP will lose heavily … some may even lose their deposits … ROCKET will BIG win … bye bye AJ

    Comment by tigerykarother — March 16, 2018 @ 4:33 AM | Reply

  5. Lo Kher Chiang and his lap dog party , SUPP , should demand one of the two surviving Thief Minister of Sarawak , Abdul Taib Mahmud, to apologise to all Sarawakians for allowing UMNO Baru controlled BN Federal Government to remove some of the important rights of Sarawak. What the Opposition leaders pointed out were facts and legal issues .

    Comment by Mata Kuching — March 13, 2018 @ 4:40 PM | Reply

  6. Jangan menyesal kemudian hari kalau sudah kena tipu nanti. Sudan banyan contoh rakyat Sarawak kena tipu oleh Federal Dan juga d tipu oleh Sarawak politician sendiri. Sampai bila mau kena tipu. Pedup!!!!! Ubah jgn tertipu lagi.

    Comment by Bujang Belelang — March 13, 2018 @ 1:44 PM | Reply

  7. DAP fella’s reaction is forward looking not much political because he outlined the federal laws that may curtail Petros development and progress into a full fledge oil and gas oufit which can take full control of Sarawaks oil and gas wealth away from petronas which was established to own and mine those wealth.
    Malaya was developed by the wealth from our O&G and are we so naive to beleive that putra jaya would just concede defeat and not try to devise some manuvering within the federal laws to keep their hands on those wealth?
    Sarawak legislators should devise their own plans as to how to defeat the existing federal
    Laws first to ensure a water tight hold on our O&G otherwise progress would be slow.
    Now, what about our rights over immigration, education and so forth which were taken from us….

    Comment by Brian — March 13, 2018 @ 10:42 AM | Reply

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