SARAWAK VS PETRONAS
KUCHING: The state government’s argument in court pertaining to its legal battle against national oil and gas company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) is solid.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the issue was among the topics in the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) supreme council meeting yesterday.
“We discussed the Petronas case, and we have made our case against them…our argument is strong.
“This is based on the Federal Constitution and our rights in the state constitution,” he told a press conference at PBB Headquarters, Jalan Bako here, yesterday.
Abang Johari however said that Sarawak would leave the decision to the court.
, the Kuching High Court concluded a three-day judicial review hearing on the case of Sarawak vs Petronas.
The three-day judicial review before Justice Azhahari Kamal Ramli culminated more than a year of disagreements between Sarawak, the federal government and Petronas over SST.
The court will decide whether the state can impose the five percent SST on crude oil, liquefied natural gas and condensates produced by Petronas from natural resources extracted from Sarawak.
It will also determine the extent of Sarawak’s rights over its oil and gas resources under the law.
High Court Judicial Commissioner Christopher Chin has fixed next Tuesday, Feb 11, to rule on whether the civil suit of the Comptroller of the SST and the Sarawak government to recover unpaid SST from Petronas should proceed.