Abang Johari receives the cheque from Petronas chairman Tan Sri Ahmad Nizam Salleh (right) witnessed by (from left) Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, and Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. Others (behind, from left) are State Attorney General Datuk Talat Mahmood Abdul Rashid, State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian, Senior Minister (Works) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof, Petronas president Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz, and Petronas Board of Directors member Datuk Ibrahim Baki. File Photo: Ramidi Subari

MIRI: After a series of discussions, Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) and its subsidiaries have handed over a cheque for RM2.95 billion to the Sarawak government on Thursday as payment of arrears for the state sales tax (SST) on petroleum products.

This made Sarawakians smile, as they regard this as a great hadiah (gift), as well as the beginning to more good things in the future.

New Sarawak Tribune spoke to several people on the matter who had nothing but praises and hoped for more development projects in the state.

Datuk Sebastian Ting
Datuk Sebastian Ting, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture

The payment collected will be put into good use to benefit the rakyat. It is the beginning to more discussions with the federal government to reach other settlements on matters relating to oil and gas in Sarawak. This is significant as it shows that the Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958 is recognised.

Nazri Datuk Ahmad Lai
Nazri Datuk Ahmad Lai, Miri Football Association deputy president

It is the best gift ever, as we all have been waiting a long time for this. I believe we will be able to see more development projects be carried out by the state government after this.

Mohd Azra Ayub
Mohd Azra Ayub, Miri Football Association secretary

It is a victory for Sarawakians, as it reflects the restoration of their rights which has been enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA 63). Congratulations to Sarawak.

Fadillah Ibrahim
Fadillah Ibrahim, football coach

People are smiling and we do hope that this contribution can help boost Sarawak’s economy. We do expect more contributions to come for 2020 following the imposition of the SST under the OMO 1958.