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Sabah to intervene if Petronas is granted leave: Liew
Published on: Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The State Government will intervene in the the suit filed by Petronas against the Sarawak Government in the event the Federal Court grants the national oil company leave to commence proceedings.

Parti Warisan Sabah Permanent Chairman Datuk Liew Vui Keong said there have been misconceptions on the issue following his earlier statement that Sabah's case was different from Sarawak's.

Some leaders have cautioned the State Government not to ignore the ramifications of the suit as it can affect all oil and gas producing states, including Sabah.

According to Liew, the national oil company is exercising its legal right and the State Government will intervene depending on the decision of the Federal Court whether or not to grant the former's application for leave.

"The Petronas suit is at the leave stage where it applies to seek court's leave to commence proceedings against the Sarawak Government by way of petition for a declaratory relief that Parliament has exclusive legislative competence to enact laws pertaining to the exploration, exploitation, winning and obtaining of petroleum throughout Malaysia.

"At the same time, Petronas is also seeking leave to declare that the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) was duly enacted by Parliament and that by the provisions of the PDA, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Petronas have exclusive regulatory authority over the petroleum in Malaysia, be it onshore or offshore," he said.

Liew, who is also Batu Sapi Member of Parliament, had reportedly said last week that he believed Sabah's situation is different from that of Sarawak when it comes to the Petronas suit.

He was commenting on the suit filed by the national oil company against the Sarawak Government seeking to clarify that under the law, it is the exclusive owner of the petroleum resources as well as the regulator for the upstream industry throughout Malaysia, including in Sarawak. - Leonard Alaza

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