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Sarawak lawyers in solidarity to protect state’s right over O&G resources

KUCHING: Sarawak lawyers from both sides of the political divide are in solidarity to protect Sarawak’s right over its oil and gas resources.

Today, 50 lawyers from across Sarawak, some of whom may have different political affiliations and ideologies, had a meeting with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to give inputs and ideas, pertaining to the Petroleum Development Act (PDA) 1974.

The meeting was held after Petronas filed an application before the Federal Court seeking for a declaration on the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA 1974) being the law applicable for the petroleum industry in Malaysia.

Petronas is seeking to clarify that under the law, it is the exclusive owner of the petroleum resources as well as the regulator for the upstream industry throughout Malaysia, including in Sarawak.

Present at the meeting is Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relationship and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali and members of Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) led by the president Ranbir Singh Singha.

The lawyers are doing it for free (pro bono)we are going all the way for Sarawak, tooth and nail, not even an inch we will surrender.

As far as the AAS is concerned, they are with us and giving their full support, said Sharifah Hasidah.

Source: SARAWAK GOVERNMENT

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