Dis­cus­sions on oil roy­al­ties for Sabah, S'wak still on­go­ing – Liew

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page -

KUALA LUMPUR: Dis­cus­sions on the per­cent­age of oil roy­al­ties for Sabah and Sarawak are still on­go­ing be­tween the Fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments.

Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter's De­part­ment Datuk Liew Vui Keong said the de­ci­sion on the mat­ter would only be made af­ter the fi­nal meet­ing of the Spe­cial Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee set up to fine-tune the mat­ter.

“Dis­cus­sions on the is­sue of oil roy­al­ties were held in a sep­a­rate fo­rum in­volv­ing the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs and the Chief Min­is­ters of Sabah and Sarawak. The is­sue will con­tinue to be dis­cussed,” he said.

He was re­spond­ing to a sup­ple­men­tary ques­tion by Datuk Seri Dr. Max­imus Ongk­ili (BN-Kota Marudu) who wanted to know about the de­vel­op­ment of dis­cus­sions on in­creas­ing oil roy­al­ties to Sabah and Sarawak dis­cussed at a Cab­i­net Spe­cial Com­mit­tee meet­ing set up to re­view the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963.

Eco­nomic Af­fairs Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali said the Spe­cial Cab­i­net Com­mit­tee set up to fine-tune the method of pay­ment of oil roy­alty claims has been given six months for dis­cus­sions and to come up with de­ci­sions.

Mo­hamed Azmin said this would give enough time to make rec­om­men­da­tions be­fore the fi­nal de­ci­sion on how to in­crease the oil roy­alty from five per cent to 20 per cent could be car­ried out.

Liew said seven is­sues had been agreed upon. These in­clude the de­mand for tim­ber and for­est pro­duce ex­port du­ties; dis­tri­bu­tion of gas and elec­tri­cal reg­u­la­tory power; im­ple­men­ta­tion of Fed­eral and State works projects; man­power; state au­thor­ity on health is­sues; ad­min­is­tra­tive man­age­ment over Si­padan and Lig­i­tan is­lands and agri­cul­ture and forestry is­sues.

In De­cem­ber last year, Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad chaired the first spe­cial cab­i­net steer­ing com­mit­tee for a re­view of the Malaysia Agree­ment 1963 (MA63) to re­store the priv­i­leges to Sabah and Sarawak.

Liew

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