Sarawak govt will not back down from right to assert sales tax on petroleum products

Abdullah (seated centre, giving two thumbs-up) in a photo-call with Youth Co:Lab Malaysia participants in Miri today (Dec 8, 2019).

By Jaythaleela K

MIRI, Dec 8: Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs and Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) Abdullah Saidol disclosed Sarawak will continue to fight for and defence its rights to impose the state sales tax on its petroleum products despite Petronas submitting their statement of defence on Friday.

“As Sarawakians we will fight for our rights. The basic principle is still the same, we will ensure that our right enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) is preserved,” he asserted.

Abdullah said this to the press on Sunday after the closing of the 2019 edition of Youth Co:Lab Malaysia in Miri.

“The state government will not simply take legal action if we don’t have any clear evidence to support our claims, and we have all the support (proof and documents); that is why we filed the case in court,” he added.

He stressed that Sarawak will maintain its stand on the issue.

“Let the Court decide the case,” he said.

On Friday (Dec 6), Petronas filed an entry of appearance and their statement of defence against the suit by the Sarawak government regarding the non-payment of state sales tax on petroleum products by Petronas to Sarawak. — DayakDaily