Don’t pick up sto­ries from road­side, Op­po­si­tion told

Nur Ja­zlan: In­tel­li­gence agen­cies on top of things, no need to pub­li­cise de­tails

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

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.

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