Hornbill Unleashed

August 2, 2018

Negative comments on oil royalty issue normal, says See

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

Vice chairman of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Sarawak, See Chee How, says the criticisms and negative comments of politicians from the opposite camp pertaining to the oil royalty issue are normal and Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders must learn to take them in their stride.

In acknowledging that there are a lot of misunderstandings to the issue, See said what matters is what PH can deliver to fulfill the hope of all Sarawakians for the betterment of Sarawak.

“For the first time in 43 years, since 1976, the Pakatan Harapan federal government is taking steps to deliver more than five per cent oil royalty to Sarawak, for the exploitation and development of our oil and gas resources within Sarawak’s territory,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

In stressing that PH has not renegaded on its electoral pledge ‘to increase petroleum royalty to Sarawak and Sabah to 20 per cent or equivalent’, See said PH has now taken the first step to deliver the promise and he is really happy for that.

He thanked Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s leadership and Minister of Economic Affairs Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali who has been tasked and is setting in motion the necessary acts to realise the delivery of this promise.

“While it is true that the 20 per cent from net profit, on top of the five per cent royalty, is still short of the 20 per cent or equivalent, but no one can deny the fact that the PH government is now on the right track to deliver more to Sarawak.

“For that, I am proud of the new PH federal government. Comparing it with the 55-year reign of Barisan Nasional (BN) and 43 years the Petroleum Development Act 1974 is enforced with Petronas exercising full authority over our oil and gas, yet the compensation for our petroleum rights remains at five per cent.”

“When the BN and now Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders are pointing their fingers at our PH leaders, please remember that they have four fingers pointing back at themselves.

“For 43 years, they were submissive to the condescending Umno-led BN federal government, and had made no attempt to fight for more equitable share and distribution of petroleum wealth for Sarawak.

“For them to waste the opportunities over the last four decades and to criticise the PH federal government when they are to deliver more for Sarawak and Sarawakians, these BN and GPS leaders are running scared, or they are being pathetic at best.”

See said he has full confidence in the PH government in delivering equitable petroleum revenue to Sarawak, for Sarawak’s development needs.

“With the promise of the 20 per cent royalty or equivalent, I believe there will be mechanism and institutional changes to ensure that more Petronas projects in Sarawak will be undertaken by Sarawakian companies and corporations, instead of allowing certain politically-related or privileged companies to dominate the works.”

Thus, he assured the people that PH would deliver and fulfill its electoral promises.


Source : The Borneo Post Online by Jonathan Chia


 

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3 Comments »

  1. It is hard to believe that the present government has the time to monitor the Johor palace because they are probably up to their eyeballs trying to undo the damage caused by the Najib’s regime.

    Comment by Hattan — September 12, 2018 @ 8:55 AM | Reply

  2. Its mind-boggling how within a period of just three years the BN-government could have surreptitiously with-held RM18 billion which rightly ought to be refunded to the many companies (GST refund) which as since paid their taxes and dues to IRD.

    Why are the refunds being held in the Refund Trust Fund in the first case and a gargantuan amount of RM18 billion? And what’s this Federal Consolidated Trust Fund? Is it related to 1MDB or SRC?

    Comment by limpehkong — August 9, 2018 @ 7:16 PM | Reply

  3. Sabah sarawak kena tipu lagi..
    Macam semenanjung kena tipu jugak..
    Seluruh rakyat kena tipu..
    Kikiki

    Comment by 1malaysiakini — August 2, 2018 @ 10:52 PM | Reply


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