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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

DPM: Request for higher royalties being looked into

Interesting comments: Muhyiddin reading some of the moral support notes during a working visit to SK Tabuan.

Interesting comments: Muhyiddin reading some of the moral support notes during a working visit to SK Tabuan.

KUCHING: The Sarawak government’s request for higher oil and gas royalties is being looked into, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said Petronas was expected to brief state leaders on its operations soon.

Speaking to reporters here yesterday, Muhyiddin said the Federal Government considered Sarawak’s request as a “priority” as it would likely become a campaign issue in the next state election, which is not due until mid-2016.

“Measures must be taken, we’ve already identified some potential election issues.

“The first example is on native customary rights land. Second is on oil royalties,” Muhyiddin said, after a meeting with state Barisan component party leaders here yesterday.

“The Sarawak Legislative Assembly has already approved a resolution urging for a hike to 20%, and we at the Federal Government level have responded. This will be given emphasis. I want to reiterate this.”

He said the Petronas’ briefing would detail the company’s operations, revenue, spending, among others, “so that state leaders can get all the details”.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem had told The Star in an exclusive interview after he assumed office in March that he would request for higher oil and gas royalties for Sarawak.

That interview was subsequently brought up in the State Assembly by the Barisan Backbenchers Club in May.

A motion was tabled to support Adenan’s request, which received an unprecedented unanimous approval including from the Opposition bench.

On another matter, Muhyiddin said the state Barisan machinery was in a state of preparedness in facing any political change as well as the state election.

He said various issues related to the next state election were discussed at the meeting, including the development projects promised to the state and registration of voters.

Muhyiddin said since the last Sarawak election (2011), Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and he himself had announced an allocation of more than RM3 billion for various development projects to be implemented in Sarawak.

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