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‘Govt, Petronas To Discuss Issues On Oil And Gas’

KUCHING: The Sarawak state government and Petronas will have a joint discussion on various issues surrounding the oil and gas sector.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg revealed this when responding to a statement by Petronas several days ago insisting that it would not be giving up the exclusive ownership of the oil and gas resources in Sarawak.

There is no problem with the statement from Petronas. We will have discussion, he briefly told reporters, indicating that it will not stop Sarawak from enforcing the laws on mining of oil and gas in the state.

He was met after officiating at the opening ceremony of the Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources’ Integrity and Innovation Week held at the old State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building in Petra Jaya here yesterday.

The Petronas press statement was issued in response to a press statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office on July 1 on its intent to exercise its power under the relevant Sarawak laws relating to oil and gas activities in Sarawak.

The press statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office stated that all companies including their contractors, sub-contractors and vendors in the oil and gas industry have to apply for licences from the Sarawak government in order to operate in Sarawak effective July 1.

They are required to do so under the Sarawak Oil Mining (OMO) 1958, and other regulations.

On calls by Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for those receiving funds from 1MDB to return them voluntarily, Abang Johari said: Just follow the instruction (to return the money voluntarily) those who have received (money from 1MDB).

MACC has urged those whose accounts were frozen as part of the 1MDB investigation to come forward and return the money voluntarily or face legal action.

MACC Chief Commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdul said the accounts frozen by the anti-graft agency were those suspected of having received funds from 1MBD, irrespective whether they were owned by individuals, societies or political bodies.

Among the accounts which have been frozen by 1MDB special officer is an account belonging to Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).


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