KUCHING: Insinuations and attempts to discredit the state government’s resolve in pursuing the state sales tax (SST) payment by the opposition have not aged well.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) deputy youth chief Fazzrudin Abdul Rahman said the SST payment by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) worth RM2.95 billion recently is proof of the state government’s success in fighting for the state’s interests.
“It is also a manifestation of the sincerity of the federal government led by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Petronas in resolving the issue amicably for the welfare of the people and the prosperity of Sarawak.
“With the payment of SST for oil and gas revenue by the oil companies involved in the state, it proves that the struggle of GPS all this while is not just empty talk,” he said in a Facebook post today.
Fazzrudin who is Tupong assemblyman said the SST payment was a boon to Sarawak, with the state’s income expected to quadruple.
“This income will be channelled for development purposes throughout Sarawak,” he said.
He lauded the state government’s approach in seeking a win-win solution instead of a continued confrontation in which the case would cause everyone to lose after a harrowing legal battle with the national oil and gas company.
“Thank you to the chief minister for his determination and strong commitment in fighting for the rights and interests of Sarawak,” he said.
Fazzrudin also thanked Petronas for finally making a commitment to settle the five percent SST to Sarawak and recognise it’s right to impose sales tax as enshrined in the Constitution and based on the Oil and Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958.
“I also thank the prime minister for understanding the aspirations and needs of the people of Sarawak for giving a priority to the development of Sabah and Sarawak.
“GPS will continue to be committed in fighting for the rights and interests of Sarawak to ensure that all eroded rights are returned to the state,” he said.