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SUPP Publicity and Information Secretary, Adam Yii on Petronas 

Petronas agreed to pay RM 2 billion SST and decision pertaining to oil & gas ownership and boundary must get approval from DUN Sarawak, said SUPP Publicity and Information Chief, Adam Yii. 

He said with referece to the announcements by Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, by Chief Minister of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari and the joint statement by Datuk Sharifah Hasidah, Assistant Law Minister and Datuk Ahmad Nizam Salleh, Pengrusi Petronas all dated the 8th May 2020 there are two important issues, namely;

(i)   the payment of RM2 billion, as per the Court decision made by the Court against Petronas on thr non payment of 5%  Sarawak Sales Tax on Petroleum products exported by Petronas


(ii)   The Constitutionality  of The Petroleum Development Act 1974 (Art 144) and TSA 2012

“Since the first oil production in Miri in 1910, Sarawak Government had never received such payment of over RM 3 billion from oil companies operating, producing and exporting petroleum products in Sarawak until our Sarawak Chief Datuk Patinggi Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Openg when tabling a record budget of RM11. 9 billion in the Sarawak Legislative Assembly on the 5th November 2018

Introduced and imposed the new 5 percent Sarawak Sales Tax on exported petroleum products, namely on crude oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, chemical based fertilisers and gas to liquid products. The other oil companies, Shell, Murphy, Nippon oil and others, having oil and gas businesses in Sarawak had paid their respective taxes to Sarawak Goverment. It is believed that the total amount will be RM3 billion or thereabout,” he added. 

Yii said as far as the issues on the legality of PDA 1974 and TSA 2012, SUPP maintains that these two legislations were unconstitutional on the ground that they were enacted without obtaining consent from Sarawak. The MA63 Consultative Committee as endorsed by our State’s DUN shall continue to pursue it with the federal government so as to restore our position as the rightful owner of all minerals found in our lands including oil and gas as it was before the formation of Malaysia.

Indeed for the past few years, he pointed out that since the movement of Sarawak Autonomy started or advocated by the late Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem,  the people of  Sarawak are more aware and conscious of our own antonomy and for us to safeguard, protect for and fight for our rights as contained in MA 63, Inter Governmental Committee Report, Cobbold Report and Malaysia Act 1963, and Federal Constitution

These two controversial Acts are very important and have far reaching impact and consequences on Sarawak and the people of Sarawak, now and into the future. 

Therefore the people of Sarawak expect detailed and careful studies on these two Constitutional issues and not to be rushed into agreement hastily.

However in Sarawak, he added, there is a Sarawak Consultative Committee, the members of which are all Honourable Members of Sarawak Legislative Assembly, elected on November 6, 2018 during the November 2018 DUN session.

He hoped that any proposed decision or decisions from the negotiation meetings between the Sarawak government and Federal government with regards to the oil and gas ownership and boundary have to be brought back to the Sarawak Consultative Committee for discussion and decision before it is finally presented or reported  to the Dewan Undangan Negeri Sarawak (DUN) for the final approval.

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