KOTA KINABALU: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Datuk Teo Chee Kang is appalled and amused by the response of Parti Warisan Sabah permanent secretary Datuk Liew Vui Keong’s response to his suggestion about the oil and gas suit by Petronas.
Teo said he had merely suggested that the state government intervene in the Petronas suit, as no one from the state has spoken up about the matter.
“I’m surprised why Liew has to hastily seize the opportunity to launch personal attacks and make demeaning remarks in response to this statement,” he said on Thursday.
He said there were many other issues concerning state rights under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), some peculiar to Sabah alone.
“But let's focus on the specific issue raised in the Petronas' application, namely exclusive rights over oil resources in the whole country,” Teo said.
He said as the ruling may affect Sarawak, where the state government was named as a defendant in the case, it would equally affect Sabah.
“Hence, there is a need to intervene as a party to the case so that we can be heard.
”Unfortunately, so far, nobody from the state government has said anything on Petronas' application, and neither a word has been uttered as to whether Sabah is bound by Territorial Sea Act 2012,” Teo said.
The former Special Tasks minister said he trust that the new state government led by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal is open and receptive to constructive views in the interests of the state.
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