Petronas oil suit: STAR hopes 2 of the judges are East Malaysians

Lina Soo

KUCHING, June 21: State Reform Party (STAR) president Lina Soo hoped there would be a Sarawakian and a Sabahan in the panel of five judges hearing the Petronas vs Sarawak government case in the Federal Court in Putrajaya today.

At press time, the identities of the judges are unknown, but it is understood that a decision on the suit brought forth by Petronas based on the Petroleum Development Act 1974 would be known tomorrow.

“There should be at least one Sarawak judge and one Sabah judge on the bench because the case is about Sarawak rights,” Soo told DayakDaily after attending a peaceful flash mob at the Kuching Waterfront this morning.

She argued that if all the judges were from the peninsula, it would not be fair to Sarawak.

“If all judges are from Malaya, then it would not be fair for Sarawak as we are talking about three equal partners (under the Malaysia Agreement 1963), and this case concerns Sarawak and its rights,” she said.

On the flash mob, which was organised by the Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) movement and themed ‘Get Petronas out of Sarawak’, Soo said it was a successful one even though only about 50 people turned up.

“We are here to show and express our stance, and we did. Now we are only waiting for the outcome of the hearing,” said Soo. — DayakDaily