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TJ: Bagaimana Royalti Menjadi Pembayaran Istimewa?
By Marhain Tua
9/9/2000 8:35 pm Sat
Kini dia berkata bahawa Terengganu mesti diberi layanan berbeza dengan Sabah
dan Sarawak kerana minyak yang digerudi di Terengganu itu datang daripada
satu lokasi yang di luar perairan negeri itu. Apakah ini bererti segala
telaga minyak itu berada di perairan antarabangsa?
Diterjemahkan oleh -MT-
Subject: Aliran: How did Royalties become "Special Payments"?
Aliran Media Statement
How did Royalties become "Special Payments"?
The decision to divert Petronas' royalty payments away from the Terengganu
state government so that the federal government can channel the money
directly to Terengganu is source for much concern.
The government must come clean. Is the Petronas payment a royalty in
accordance with the Petroleum Development Act 1975, which applies not only
to Terengganu but Sabah and Sarawak as well? Or is it, as Dr Mahathir
claims, a "special payment" to Terengganu as the poorest state in the past?
Now he says that Terengganu is to be treated differently from Sabah and
Sarawak because the oil wells offshore from Terengganu are located outside
the state's territorial waters. Is he implying that those oil wells are
located in international waters?
On 29 June 2000, the Petronas CEO said the firm would continue paying 5 per
cent oil royalty on offshore oil and gas to Terengganu based on its
agreement in 1975 and estimated that the royalty for Terengganu this year
would amount to RM810 million.
How is it possible to pay royalties for 20-odd years under an agreement
based on an Act of Parliament only to find that suddenly they are to be
considered as "special payments" granted on compassionate grounds?
By reneging on this agreement, what kind of signal are we sending to
Malaysians, the business community, and foreign investors? Are agreements
in Malaysia binding or are they subject to the whims of political leaders?
The move to change the royalties to "special payments" is vindictive and
smacks of victimisation after the people of Terengganu voted out the
Barisan Nasional state administration in last November's general election.
We fear that there appears to be pattern to this sheer disregard of past
principles and practices, binding agreements and even the rule of law.
Wake up, Malaysia!