KUCHING, June 20: All political parties in Sarawak, regardless of their affiliations, should support the state in the Petronas vs Sarawak Government suit at the Federal Court tomorrow, said Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring.
Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat (PH) leaders like Chong Chieng Jen and Baru Bian should also side their home state, she added.
“We hope and pray that Sarawakians will be united in this fight against our common enemy, so to speak. This is because what we are fighting for now is for the benefit of Sarawak as a whole. We also owe this to our future generation.
“So we should fight together as Sarawakians, regardless of party affiliation, race and religion; Sarawak must stand together to ensure that Sarawak rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) are safeguarded,” Sharifah Hasidah told DayakDaily today.
Hoping for a favourable outcome, she said the matter was now in the hands of the Federal Court.
“However, we do have options if the Sarawak government so decides to take the matter up to the British court or even to the International Court of Justice in the Hague.
“On top of that, we have a lot of material that we brought back from our London trip that we can use to argue our case should the court grant the leave to defend ourselves,” she said.
Petronas recently filed a motion for leave to sue the Sarawak government based on the Petroleum Development Act 1974.
The case was supposed to be heard on June 12, but it was postponed to tomorrow after Federal Attorney-General Tommy Thomas informed the Federal Court to express the possibility of the federal government intervening in this matter. — DayakDaily