Tereng­ganu MB hopes govt not try­ing to de­lay pay­ing oil roy­alty

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION -

KUALA NERUS: Tereng­ganu will abide by the di­rec­tive to fine­tune the oil roy­alty pay­ment method is­sue within six months.

Men­teri Be­sar Dr Ah­mad Sam­suri Mokhtar said he hoped the di­rec­tive was not an at­tempt to de­lay the oil roy­alty pay­ment promised by the Pakatan Hara­pan govern­ment.

“We are not con­cerned about the du­ra­tion given to study and dis­cuss the pay­ing of roy­alty to oil-pro­duc­ing states, but we want to pro­tect our rights.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s ini­tia­tive and hope it is not an empty prom­ise,” he said at the 64th Pas Muk­ta­mar at the Gong Badak In­door Sta­dium.

He was com­ment­ing on the six-month pe­riod given to a cab­i­net com­mit­tee to fine-tune the pay­ment method for oil roy­alty to oil-pro­duc­ing states.

Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­is­terDatuk Seri Azmin Ali had said the pe­riod would al­low the com­mit­tee to pre­pare sug­ges­tions be­fore mak­ing a decision to in­crease oil roy­alty to 20 per cent from five per cent.

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