SAPP president Yong Teck Lee says this is important because the outcome will affect Sabah.
KOTA KINABALU: Opposition outfit Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) wants the Sabah government to intervene in the Petronas suit to obtain a declaration of its exclusive ownership of the country’s petroleum resources.
Its president, Yong Teck Lee, said Petronas was disputing oil and gas ownership with the Sarawak government in court to gain total control over the oil and gas resources of Sarawak.
“This is contrary to the promises of both the former and present federal governments.
“As such, the Sabah government should intervene in the case (of Petronas vs Sarawak) because the outcome of the Sarawak case will affect Sabah in the same way,” he said in a statement issued today.
Petronas had earlier this month filed the court application after the Sarawak government had in March asserted its rights in relation to petroleum resources and was supposed to assume full regulatory authority on upstream and downstream activities in July.
The state government had formed its own local oil and gas company, Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), for this purpose.
Sarawak had announced that all companies operating in the upstream oil and gas sector in the state must obtain additional licences and leases from the state government in accordance with the Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance 1958.
Former Sabah minister Teo Chee Kang had also questioned the silence of the Sabah government in the matter.
Yong said Sabah and Sarawak can now focus on regaining their rights following the end of Barisan Nasional’s control over the two states.
“Now that all these issues are over, Sabahans can focus on the core issues of the future, such as Sabah rights, the Malaysia Agreement 1963, oil and gas rights, Sabah autonomy and the Sabah IC.
“We welcome the other Sabah and Sarawak parties, who have now broken free of the control by Malayan parties, to join in the struggle,” he said, adding SAPP had the foresight and the courage to leave BN in 2008.
“Sarawak parties have also closed down BN.
“This is the trend today when Sabah and Sarawak political parties are no longer subservient to Malayan parties. This cannot be avoided,” said Yong, who was Sabah chief minister from 1996-1998.
He said the BN-Umno era and monopoly on power ended on May 9.
“Politics is a process… we have lost elections but our noble struggle for Sabah will continue. SAPP will be rejuvenated and have fresh leaders who can chart the future of Sabah,” he said.
Yong said Malaysians voted against the goods and services tax (GST), Umno, BN, former prime minister Najib Razak and 1MDB in the last general election.
“The results have proven that ‘people power’ can change the political landscape.”
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) and Parti Demokratik Progresif (PDP) decided to pull out from BN yesterday.
They will form a pact of Sarawak-based parties known as Gabungan Parti Sarawak.
Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has already commenced communication with the Gabungan Parti Sarawak leaders to establish a common front and platform in Parliament on mutual issues.
PBS wants to establish strategic links between Gabungan Parti Sarawak and a coalition in Sabah called Gabungan Bersatu.
Gabungan Bersatu will be spearheaded by PBS as it has the largest number of elected representatives and is the oldest political party in Sabah.
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