PAS Sarawak: Where is the 20% oil and gas royalties promised?

Parti Islam Se Malaysia (PAS) logo. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

KUCHING: Sarawak Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) hits out at state Democratic Action Party (DAP) for failing to return 20 per cent of oil and gas royalties to Sarawak as promised in Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto .

PAS Sarawak Information Chief Zharudin Narudin in a statement today said DAP which is known for its outspokenness, did not voice out the state’s needs to the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad because so far, there has not been any good news or beneficial projects for Sarawak from the federal government.

“Among the major changes expected by Sarawakians after the general elections (GE14) was the return of 20 per cent of oil and gas royalties. But PH government fails to give it back.”

“Unfortunately, no PH ministers from Sarawak has voiced it out and demanded for more  development for the state,” he said.

Zharudin claimed that  PH leaders such as Sarawak PH chairman Chong Chieng Jen has always played up racial sentiments due to the scarcity of issues and has brought into Sarawak the PAS-UMNO coalition issue for the latter’s political interests.

“The people of Sarawak should not be fooled by Chong as PAS-UMNO cooperation will not exist in Sarawak as there is no UMNO presence in Sarawak. Sarawak should be worried that the longer PH rules, the worse the fate of the people of Sarawak will be.

“Formerly DAP had Sarawak Impian projects. Now Sarawak DAP is part of the federal government but the people of rural Sarawak are no longer their concern,” he said.

Zharudin also claimed that many projects such as bridge construction that should have been under the federal government, are now implemented by the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government.

He said the federal government through Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng had disagreed with the implementation of the five per cent petroleum sales tax.

“The tax is necessary for the benefit of the people of Sarawak. How can we trust DAP in administrating our state? — DayakDaily