Wednesday, July 16, 2014

See to PM: Look at Sarawak, Sabah’s demands rationally

Posted on July 14, 2014, Monday

KUCHING: BN party leaders in Sarawak and Sabah have two choices in view of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s ‘grossly unfair and malicious’ statement uttered in Kota Kinabalu on Saturday.

State PKR vice chairman See Chee How said leaders of the two states should decide whether to continue to hold allegiance to the Umno-led federal BN and maintain the two East Malaysian states as fixed-deposits to deliver their numbers to BN or to perform their duty of fidelity to the electorates in Sarawak and Sabah, who wished for more and better development like those in the Peninsula.

See, who is also Batu Lintang assemblyman, decried the prime minister’s statement that the federal government was truly committed to increasing contributions for Sabah’s development.

He challenged Najib to reveal the allocations granted and received by Sarawak and Sabah through federal ministries and agencies.

“To say that such allocations, together with development and operation expenditures, amount to three times the 20 per cent oil royalty sought by the states is grossly unfair and malicious. The allocation for development and operation expenditure in the two states should never be included in the equation,” he said in a press statement yesterday.

However, he pointed out, the revelation by Najib was his admission of a distressing fact that Sarawak and Sabah have been receiving pittance from the federal government.

“Indeed, the five per cent oil and gas royalty paid to Sarawak, termed as ‘compensation in lieu of our oil and gas rights’, amounts to only RM1.67 billion for 2013. This is only 2.275 per cent of the total sum of RM73.4 billion contributed by Petronas to the Federal government.”

See claimed that in view of the hefty contribution paid by Petronas to the federal government, Petronas had suggested to the federal government to increase its allocation to Sarawak for basic amenities, infrastructural and other needed development, to pacify Sarawak.

“It is unfortunate that the prime minister have shown no sincerity and commitment towards the East Malaysian states in terms of additional federal allocations. He chose instead to push the obligation back to Petronas by asking that Petronas increase its corporate social responsibility (CSR) contributions to these oil producing states.

“We must reiterate that what the East Malaysian states are demanding, the 20 per cent oil and gas royalty, the state’s ownership of equity in Petronas, our participation in the production sharing contracts and involvement in downstream and operation contracts, are our rightful entitlements as oil producing states.”

See said Najib must really show his sincerity and commitments towards Sarawak and Sabah by looking at the demands rationally, and not merely to satisfy them with hand-outs or CSR projects.

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