S4S: Oil and gas negotiations should go through DUN

Daniel Jong Fui Siang

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KUCHING, Aug 22: Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) suggests that negotiations over the state’s oil and gas resources with the federal government should be brought to the State Legislative Assembly (DUN).

S4S spokesperson Daniel Jong Fui Siang in a statement today stated S4S is concerned with the idea that the discussion over the state’s oil and gas resources were only between Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, following a statement from Abang Johari on Aug 20.

Jong claimed that Sarawakians want a Referendum Ordinance, to take back the state’s rights over its oil and gas resources because those resources are owned by Sarawak.

He said the matter should not be discussed privately between the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister.

“Petronas siphons some 850,000 barrels of crude oil from Sarawak every day, generating some RM200 million, which by right should be returned back to Sarawakians, not be turned into the state government’s personal asset,” according to Jong.

On Aug 20, Abang Johari was reported as saying the discussion over the state’s oil and gas resources would be between him and Dr Mahathir and not through the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) Steering Committee.

“It was decided that matters on oil and gas will be discussed between the prime minister, myself and Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal when it comes to Sarawak and Sabah,” he said. — DayakDaily