Abang Jo says Sarawak’s oil-and-gas efforts do not infringe PETRONAS rights.

KUCHING Premier Tan Sri Abang Johari openg says Sarawak did not violate PETRONAS rights granted by the Petroleum Development Act of 1974.

He dismissed such claims by saying that Sarawak has its own oil-and-gas rights under state law, specifically the Oil Mining Ordinance of 1958, which was passed before Malaysia’s creation and never repealed.

We have also passed the Distribution of Gas Ordinance 2016, and Petros (state owned Petroleum Sarawak Bhd), as the gas aggregater.

He said, “We haven’t taken away any of PETRONAS rights under the Petroleum Development Act,” at a Gawai festival in Betong, central Sarawak on Wednesday (5 June).

Abang Johari has also denied that Petros would negatively affect PETRONAS.

“No such thing. We all have our rights. “I know that it’s wrong to take away the rights of other people, but it’s also wrong when others take our rights,” said he.

Abang Johari said that Sarawak’s oil and gas sector was properly developed, which contributed to the increase in state revenue of RM13bil.

He claimed that Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas who was present at a meeting of the national financial council presided by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim informed him that Sarawak had the highest revenue among the states.

I know that there are people who live in Peninsular Malaysia jealous of Sarawak.

“We need to be cautious of people who would like to disturb us. We know what is diamond and glass in Gabungan Parti Sarawak.

He said, “Our intention is help the people. There is more that can be done.”

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