Published on: Sunday, August 24, 2014
Papar: Closer ties and rapport between the State and Federal governments have made requests for development and safeguarding the interests of Sabah to be seriously considered and delivered.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said such longstanding good relationship between them enabled any issues and needs of Sabah to be fully addressed.
"Our Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak cum Umno President and Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman is always willing to listen to the voices of Sabah people, especially on what we need economically and socially like on the 20 per cent oil royalty.
"We do not have to shout or issue threatening statements to get what we want as I have explained to the Opposition during our recent sitting of the State Legislative Assembly.
"We do not have to do all thatÉas we have very good and close relationship with the Federal Government and the Prime Minister that led us to sit down together and discus the arising matters including going into negotiations that benefit the State and the people," he said.
Musa, who is also Sabah Umno Liaision Chief, said this when opening the 23rd delegates meeting of Umno Papar at a multipurpose hall, here, Saturday.
Also present were Umno Papar chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail, Umno Tawau chief Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan cum Youth and Sports Minister, Kota Kinabalu Umno chief Datuk Faisyal Yusof Diego, Umno Batu Sapi chief Datuk Samsuddin Yahya, Exco Umno Wanita member Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin cum Papar MP and Works Deputy Minister, Umno Papar deputy chief Datuk Ghulam Haidar Khan Bahadar, Umno Kimanis Vice chief Mohamad Alamin cum Bongawan assemblyman, among others.
As a result, Musa said Sabah is getting more than what it has asked for like for instance through the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) in Kimanis, near here.
"We all know that the natural gas from SOGT has been channeled to the Liquefied Natural Gas Sdn Bhd (LNG 9) in Bintulu, Sarawak, which is the biggest LNG plant in the world and belongs to Petronas.
"Through our discussion and negotiations, we asked for 10 per cent stake in the LNG operation which Petronas agreed with full support from the Prime Minister.
This are good returns which clearly will benefit Sabah directly," he said.
Musa reiterated that the State Government has its own way to approach the Federal Government to get the share in the LNG operation as well as seeking huge development funds for Sabah to benefit the people.
Musa had said on Thursday that Petronas had, in principle, agreed to give Sabah a five per cent stake in the LNG operation but the State Government pushed for a 10 per cent stake, which was officially agreed to by the national oil company with the blessing and full support of the Prime Minister.
"This is how we do our work and honour our promises that we made to the people and realise all of them, one by one, in stages. Therefore, I am calling on the people not to be influenced by defamation, slandering and propaganda especially from the Opposition that only wants to divide and make us fight with each other.
"Instead we should focus on achieving our 'halatuju' to work for the people and Sabah, and do not simply 'sulk' on trivial matters. This is because the people want to see us working hard and bringing many developments that benefit them," he said.