KUCHING: Sarawak assumes total authority in the distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the state with the implementation of the Distribution of Gas Ordinance ( DGO ) 2016.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Putrajaya has agreed to exempt Sarawak from federal laws for gas distribution in the state.
“This is a recognition of the state law from the federal government. It would ensure a more effective distribution and regulation of gas in Sarawak.
“I would like to thank Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for exempting the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) and the Control of Supply Act 1961 (CSA) for the regulation of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) in Sarawak.
“I also express my deepest appreciation to former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who had agreed to exempt the use of PDA and CSA for the regulation of LPG in Sarawak to SEDC Energy Sdn. Bhd.
“This exemption is a recognition by the federal government on the capacity of the state government,” he said during an event here on Thursday (Sept 9).
Abang Johari said it also reflected the federal government’s confidence in the ability of corporate organisations and the people of Sarawak to regulate and have a more meaningful involvement in the oil and gas industry in this country.
“This will enable Sarawak to take a more active role in the oil and gas industry as aspired by the state government over the years, for the progress of Sarawak and the wellbeing of the people,” he said.
The chief minister said while such exemptions have been applied for some time, it has only materialised following the appointment of Kapit MP Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi as the Federal Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister.
“I believe this achievement is a reflection of the go-getter attitude of Datuk Seri (Nanta) himself as a native of Sarawak,” he said.
Meanwhile, Abang Johari assured that the state government would always identify opportunities to cooperate with Nanta’s Ministry to encourage the growth of domestic trade.
“This is for the sake of Sarawak’s economic development which will also have a positive impact on the country’s economic growth,” he said.