KUCHING: Speak up in Parliament on Sarawak’s request for higher oil and gas royalty, Sarawak Barisan Nasional’s 25 MPs have been told.
State PKR deputy chief See Chee How said Barisan MPs must be heard in Parliament on the issue of fairer distribution of wealth between Sarawak and peninsular Malaysia. See said the MPs should make it clear to their own coalition leaders that it was “embarrassing and ironic” oil producing states in Malaysia were the poorest.
“We demand the 25 Barisan MPs from Sarawak to show their loyalty lies with Sarawak, and that all Sarawakians are in one voice in our demand for the oil justice,” See said in a statement on Thursday.
The Batu Lintang assemblyman’s statement came a day after Petronas announced RM90mil worth of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes for Sarawak, which See described as nothing more than a handout.
“The Federal Government and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should stop thinking they can pacify Sarawak with handouts. The RM90 million CSR contribution is equivalent to only 1.2% of the 20% oil and gas royalty that Sarawak has demanded for,” See said.
“While we thank Petronas for their CSR contribution, we still prefer a firm commitment from the Federal Government to deliver the 20% royalty to Sarawak.”
On May 6 last year, the Sarawak Legislative Assembly unanimously voted in favour of a motion to demand for an increase in the oil royalty from 5% to 20%.
Given that more than a year had passed, See said the Najib administration was ignoring the demand for oil justice. He lamented the 25 Barisan MPs had also failed to highlight the matter enough in Parliament.
“In fact, the 25 Barisan MPs have been keeping quiet and not expressed their support to their state Barisan Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who in his numerous public statements, is pushing for the 20% royalty.”