KUCHING: The Opposition in Sarawak has urged the 25 BN MPs in the state to join forces with it and MPs in Sabah, Terengganu and Kelantan to demand that their states be given 20 per cent oil royalty. “The BN MPs in Sarawak must make their stand clear, to fully back the state’s demand for 20 per cent petroleum royalty.”
“The Federal Government was snubbing this demand from Sarawak because they command the full support of the 25 BN MPs from the state.”
Batu Lintang state assemblyman See Chee How added that “20 per cent petroleum royalty would help remedy the embarrassing and ironic reality that these states remain the poorest in Malaysia”.
He expressed disappointment with the attitude of the BN MPs in Sarawak. “Their defiance of the Chief Minister was a matter for the State BN to deal with, but all Sarawakians are seeing this as a show of lack of allegiance to the state and lack of commitment to stand up for the state’s interests.”
There’s a need to ensure more equitable and just development and fairer distribution of wealth between Sarawak and the peninsula and the other states as well, he argued.
See reiterated that BN MPs in Sarawak show where their loyalty lies. “All Sarawakians, with one voice, must demand oil justice.”
See, who is also PKR Sarawak Vice-Chairman, was commenting on an announcement that Petronas would give RM90 million in CSR (corporate social responsibility) to Sarawak.
“Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the Federal Government should stop thinking that they can pacify Sarawak with provisional handouts,” warned See. “The RM90 million CSR contributions was equivalent to only 1.2 per cent of the 20 per cent petroleum royalty that Sarawak has demanded from the Federal Government.”
“We want a firm commitment and disbursement from the Federal Government to deliver the 20 per cent oil and gas royalty to Sarawak and the other oil producing states.”
On May 6 last year, he reminded, the Sarawak Assembly unanimously voted in favour of a motion to demand for an increase in the oil royalty from 5 per cent to 20 per cent.
The Najib administration, reiterated See, had continued to ignore Sarawak’s demand for oil justice because the 25 BN MPs from Sarawak have not made their stance in line with Sarawak Assembly motion.
In fact, he lamented, they have been keeping quiet and had not expressed their support when Chief Minister Adenan Satem issued numerous public statements pushing for the 20 per cent oil and gas royalty for Sarawak.
~ Free Malaysia Today