CM rebuts Batu Lintang rep: Time will prove who is right on CSA

Abang Johari (front row, third right) activates a gimmick at the ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of Mattary today (Dec 9, 2020).

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Dec 9: Arguing is futile as only time will tell whether Sarawak will continue to lose its rights to its West Malaysian counterpart or is slowly regaining all its eroded rights.

This is the stance taken by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg against critics who believe the signing of the Commercial Settlement Agreement (CSA) between the Sarawak government and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) on Dec 7 compromises the state’s stance.

“Time will tell, whether it is true or not. We don’t have to argue because we have the rights already,” said Abang Johari when met by press members at the 10th anniversary of Maahad Tahfiz Tun Abdul Rahman Ya’kub Primary School (Mattary) here today.

Abang Johari was asked to comment on the view expressed by Batu Lintang assemblyman and Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) presidential council member See Chee How, who insisted that Sarawak had been shortchanged in the Commercial Settlement Agreement.

See expressed disappointment that the Sarawak government had conceded ground on the constitutionality and legality of the application of the provisions in the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA 74). — DayakDaily