See: PKR sup­ports move to re­claim state’s rights on O&G

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KUCH­ING: Sarawak Parti Kead­i­lan Rakyat (PKR) leg­is­la­tors will fully sup­port any move by the state govern­ment to re­claim Sarawak’s con­sti­tu­tional au­thor­ity over its oil and gas re­sources pro­vided it fol­lows the leg­isla­tive process.

Vice chair­man See Chee How said Sarawak PKR would back any ef­fort to reg­u­late all the ex­plo­ration and min­ing of pe­tro­leum and other min­eral re­sources in Sarawak and within the state’s ter­ri­tory as long as it is done in a man­ner that is con­sti­tu­tional, le­gal and law­ful.

He said this is to make sure that all things are made right and that the play­ers in the in­dus­try would not have any doubt on the state’s rights or what­so­ever.

See, who is Batu Lin­tang assem­bly­man, said he at­tended the ses­sion where the state govern­ment had a brief­ing/ di­a­logue with the oil and gas in­dus­try play­ers and en­ti­ties ex­plain­ing about the reg­u­la­tory con­trol and some ad­just­ment that the state govern­ment would make un­der the Oil Min­ing Or­di­nance 1966.

He noted that the reg­u­la­tions were not there yet but the govern­ment said they ex­pected to en­force it on July 1.

“To me the reg­u­la­tory ad­just­ment is quite revo­lu­tion­ary to the in­dus­try be­cause they were talk­ing about the pay­ment of the fees, per­mits, li­cences, land rent for any­body, whether you are in the ex­plo­ration, prospect­ing the min­ing of oil and gas/pe­tro­leum re­sources in Sarawak.

“They all have to com­ply and they have to pay all these fees. That is quite revo­lu­tion­ary in a sense be­cause at the mo­ment there is noth­ing to be charged by the state on these and now you are go­ing to en­force all these on ev­ery­body in­volved in oil and gas in­dus­try in Sarawak,” he told a press con­fer­ence at his ser­vice cen­tre here yes­ter­day.

To me the reg­u­la­tory ad­just­ment is quite revo­lu­tion­ary to the in­dus­try be­cause they were talk­ing about the pay­ment of the fees, per­mits, li­cences, land rent for any­body, whether you are in the ex­plo­ration, prospect­ing the min­ing of oil and gas/pe­tro­leum re­sources in Sarawak.

See noted that in the ses­sion, there was no men­tion of Ter­ri­to­rial Sea Act ( TSA) 2012 while the Pe­tro­leum De­vel­op­ment Act ( PDA) 1974 was not dis­cussed.

He said not ad­dress­ing the TSA would limit the state’s con­trol to its ter­ri­tory to three nau­ti­cal miles whereas ac­tu­ally the state’s ter­ri­tory ex­tends to the whole eco­nomic ex­clu­sive zone ( EEZ) of at least 200 nau­ti­cal miles.

He said un­der the PDA, all own­er­ship and rights are vested in Petronas and the reg­u­la­tory con­trol of the whole in­dus­try – up­stream and down­stream – are all by Petronas.

“But the state govern­ment said from July 1 on­wards any ac­tiv­ity that has got any­thing to do with oil and gas, the play­ers must ap­ply to Pet­ros, they have to be reg­u­lated by Pet­ros, have to pay fees, rent, roy­al­ties and what­so­ever as spec­i­fied by Pet­ros.

“If the pro­vi­sion and con­straint of the TSA and the im­pli­ca­tion of the PDA is not dis­cussed then how could the state as­sert the kind of reg­u­la­tory con­trol that it wants when Sarawak ter­ri­tory now is sub­jected to the TSA?” he said.

See be­lieved it was very wrong for the state govern­ment to cre­ate a lot of doubts in all oil and gas in­dus­try play­ers but said there was still time to put all the pro­pos­als to the Sarawak state assem­bly.

“Let all the leg­is­la­tors look through the whole thing, de­lib­er­ate all the is­sues that should be de­lib­er­ated – not to do in haste like now – whereby be­fore you pass all these, you al­ready said these to the play­ers.

“You are say­ing the next state leg­isla­tive assem­bly ( DUN) sit­ting will be in July but you are im­ple­ment­ing things, which are not de­lib­er­ated and passed in the DUN, on July 1,” he said.

See said Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg can­not do things in that man­ner.

He said Abang Jo­hari should not be wor­ried that the op­po­si­tion in the state might try to make it dif­fi­cult for him in all these new changes and the reg­u­la­tory ad­just­ment that he wanted to make.

“You say you are go­ing to amend this Min­ing Or­di­nance 1966 and try to get all this done. You don’t have to be wor­ried be­cause all the leg­is­la­tors, in­clud­ing those in PKR, are Sarawakians and they will make sure that what­ever is de­lib­er­ated and ap­proved by the state assem­bly would be con­sid­ered in the ut­most and paramount in­ter­est of Sarawak and all Sarawakians.

“You don’t have to worry about this. Let it be de­lib­er­ated in the DUN. I sug­gest the Chief Min­is­ter must ad­vise the Head of State to call the next DUN sit­ting be­fore July 1 to de­lib­er­ate this new ad­just­ment and to make sure that every­thing is done prop­erly be­fore it is im­ple­mented,” he sug­gested.

See said it was bet­ter for the Chief Min­is­ter to amend, in­cor­po­rate all the reg­u­la­tions and pass the law first be­fore en­forc­ing the reg­u­la­tions on the in­dus­try play­ers and en­ti­ties,.

He stressed that Sarawak can­not en­force any reg­u­la­tion be­fore it is passed at the DUN sit­ting be­cause it is wrong.

Also present was na­tional PKR vice pres­i­dent Voon Siak Ni.

See Chee How, state PKR vice chair­man

See (sec­ond right), Voon (sec­ond left) and oth­ers at the press con­fer­ence.

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