Don’t pick up stories from roadside, Opposition told
Nur Jazlan: Intelligence agencies on top of things, no need to publicise details
THE Opposition have been told to get their facts right and stop issuing confusing statements on the cooperation between Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) and Petronas in Pengerang, Johor.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said statements issued by Opposition Members of Parliament were not only inaccurate, but could also cause international investors to look down on Malaysia.
“Don't kutip cerita (pick up stories) from the roadside.
“When you don't know the full story of something, go and read. Information is available readily in websites such as Petronas’.
“Do your research so that you don't come up with such low standard statements,” he told Dr Ko Chung Sen (DAPKampar) during question and answer time yesterday.
Dr Ko had asked why Saudi Aramco received a 50% equity of the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (Rapid) project in Pengerang but only paid for 35%.
Abdul Rahman in a statement later clarified that the Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) comprises two components.
Component one is Rapid, while component two consists of the Pengerang Cogeneration Plant, Regasification Terminal 2, Air Separation Unit, Raw Water Supply Project, Liquid Bulk Terminal and Centralised and Shared Utilities and Facilities.
“The cost to develop the entire PIC is US$27bil or RM89bil, based on the exchange rate back in 2014.
“The cost for the first component is US$16bil (RM70.82bil) while the second component costs US$11bil (RM48.69bil),” he said.
“It is estimated that the investment value for a 50% stake in component one (Rapid) is worth US$7bil (RM31bil). This means that Saudi Aramco has only invested in (a small) part of the entire PIC development," he said.
THE Government cannot take action or arrest individuals suspected of being spies unless they have committed a crime in the country, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
“How can we arrest someone before they commit a crime?” stated Nur Jazlan in response to a point raised by Datuk Mahfuz Omar (PASPokok Sena) when debating the motion of thanks on the Royal Address yesterday.
Mahfuz, in reference to the murder of North Korean Kim Jong-nam, asked why the Government was unable to detect spies in the country and urged intelligence efforts to be stepped up.
Nur Jazlan said even if Malaysian intelligence agencies have information on spies in the country, it would remain a government secret.
“If there are spies, we know what to do. There is no need to publicise the details.
“If the police did not know, they would not have obtained an Interpol red notice for the arrest of the four other North Koreans (believed to be involved in the killing of Jong-nam),” said Nur Jazlan when winding up debates on his ministry.
In a text message later, Nur Jazlan also clarified that it was not easy to identify and track spies.
“If they are experienced, it is not easy to identify and track them and prove that they are spies,” he said.
The Penal Code provides for life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of espionage.
Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry has called for an end to speculation about Malaysia’s relations with North Korea, fearing that it could disrupt the ongoing negotiations between both countries.
“The strained relations will not trigger a war, as Malaysia stands firmly in choosing a peaceful and diplomatic resolution,” Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum said when wrapping up the motion of thanks on the Royal Address.
He said the country would always seek the best solution, without causing any bloodshed.
“Although Malaysia is a small country compared to the world's superpowers, we are respected internationally.
“Therefore, I hope everyone will not be too quick to speculate and make assumptions as we fear that this can disrupt the negotiations that are underway,” he added.
Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was killed at KLIA2 last month.
Two women – a Vietnamese and Indonesian – have been charged with his murder this month.