Abang Johari fields questions from the press.

KUCHING: The late Pehin Sri Adenan Satem’s wish for Sarawak not to be sidelined on issues pertaining to the state’s oil and gas has been fulfilled, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He was jubilant after the state government won its legal battle against national oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas).

On Friday, Kuching High Court Judge Azhahari Kamal Ramli in his written judgement, said the state government has the right under the law, particularly the State Sales Tax Ordinance, to impose SST.

This would mean Petronas is liable to pay its outstanding State Sales Tax to the Sarawak government, which the former argued against in its legal challenge.

Speaking to a 1,000-strong crowd during a state-level silat gathering at Penview Convention Centre here on Friday night, Abang Johari said Sarawak finally had justice delivered to it.

“Coincidentally today, we have also won against Petronas (in the High Court), this is another form of silat,” he jested.

“If we are being challenged, we will rise up to it with patience and rationale, God willing, we will succeed.

“Like what I said, I am continuing the work of Tok Nan (Adenan), he once said, we shouldn’t be mere observers in oil and gas matters, I took that upon me and brought (Petronas) to court (and won),” he said.

On Friday, Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Assistant Minister Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said the national oil and gas company, as of this moment, owed the state government over RM2 billion in accrued State Sales Tax.