Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Dia bagilah jadi Speaker Dewan Rakyat, dia bagilah gula-gula sikit....

Tengok apa yang Sabah telah hilang??

Oil blocks deal: Huge financial loss for Sabah .
Tue, 04 May 2010 09:00 .By Queville To

KOTA KINABALU: The contentious ceding of two oil blocks, which sit on Sabah waters, by the federal government to Brunei in March 2009 as part of a ‘deal’ to retain Limbang in Sarawak has cost Sabah RM16 billion in potential oil royalties, according to former Sabah chief minister Yong Teck Lee.

He said the oil blocks L and M sat on three million acres of Sabah’s maritime territory and apart from depriving the state of oil royalties based on former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s estimates, the Cabinet decision was also unconstitutional.

Yong said ceding a territory from Sabah required the consent of the Sabah state legislative assembly and the conference of rulers. This is stipulated in Article 2 of the Federal Constitution.

“The only one time that such consent under Article 2 was given was on March 8 1984 when the Federal Territory of Labuan Enactment 1984 was passed in the state legislative assembly.

“It was one of the major acts of the then state government that caused its own downfall the following year,” he pointed out in a statement issued today.

Yong, who is also President of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), further noted that it was only when Sabah (then North Borneo) together with Sarawak, Singapore and Malaya formed Malaysia in 1963, that the Malaysia territorial map was enlarged to include the Borneo states and their territories. The formation came with historical right.

This territory, he said, included Sipadan and Ligitan islands and the seas now known as Block L and M in the Petronas offshore plans.

Yong was commenting on Mahathir’s recent disclosure and comment that Malaysia’s right to Block L and M is based on historical right and that the loss of these blocks has made Malaysia lose RM 320 billion in oil in an area the was the size of the states of Perlis, Penang, Malacca and Selangor combined.

Unanswered questions

Yong said Malaysians in Sabah have a right to know if:

Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman and his state cabinet had consented to surrendering part of the state's maritime territory by the then Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
What is the state government going to do about the loss of territory and potential oil royalties? Based on the present five percent, the royalties are worth RM16 billion.
Did the federal ministers from Sabah know about the deal and what is their stand.
Has treason been committed by Abdull and his cabinet colleagues for surrendering national territory without the necessary approvals of Parliament, state legislative assembly and the conference of rulers?
Why was there haste in surrendering the territory just weeks before a change of prime minister in March 2009?
Are the boundaries of Blocks L and M clearly demarcated by lines joining geographical co-ordinates in a certified map at the National Mapping Malaysia and the Sabah Department of Lands and Survey?
Yong also urged the Barisan Nasional state government to make public the terms and conditions of the surrender of Blocks L and M and publish a map of Sabah that includes its maritime territory.

Dissolve state assembly

He said the state government should claim compensation from the federal government for the loss of Sabah’s maritime territory, shipping rights, fisheries and other resources in the area.

The federal government should also pay compensation of RM16 billion for the loss of the five percent petroleum royalties from the RM320 billion in oil revenues, he said.

"The state government should insist that any future treaties and international agreements affecting Sabah shall require the explicit and official consent of the state government.

“We must not allow a precedent for the federal government to sell of chunks of Sabah to foreign countries.

“If the Sabah state government is unable, unwilling or afraid to take up these responsibilities, then it should promptly dissolve the Sabah state legislative assembly so that fresh elections can be called to elect a new state government that can protect the rights and interests of Sabah,” he said.

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