Legal suit against Petronas a ‘matter of life and death’ for Sarawak, says Nanta

Nanta (front row, centre) and Abdullah (front row, left) pose for a group photo with Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) members at the Kuching High Court complex here today.

KUCHING, Jan 13: GPS secretary-general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi says Sarawak has the right to impose the five per cent State Sales Tax (SST) on all petroleum products produced in Sarawak.

As such, he stressed that Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) will continue to fight for the five per cent SST imposed on all oil companies operating in Sarawak including Petronas.

“This issue is very important for us, for GPS and all the people of Sarawak. It is a landmark case and it is very important to Sarawak. It’s a matter of life and death for us.

“So we are not going to take it too friendly because we feel that what we are asking for belongs to us as it is our right. Sarawak will come together across the political parties as even those from different ideologies should come together to stand for the rights of Sarawak.

“This is very important for all Sarawakians as this issue involves our rights,” Nanta told reporters at the Kuching High Court complex here today.

Meanwhile Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Corporate Affairs and Sarawak Public Communications Unit) Abdullah Saidol stressed that the case brought up in court today involved the people of Sarawak versus Petronas.

“This is a case of Sarawak versus Petronas. This case involves Petronas and the whole people of Sarawak. It’s about our rights,” added Abdullah.

Sarawak is suing Petronas over non-payment of the SST. Earlier today, various state Cabinet ministers and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) leaders as well as their supporters were present at the Kuching Court Complex to show support for Sarawak. The hearing today was regards to case management. — DayakDaily