Fulfilling oil royalty promises involves treading on delicate ground

KUALA LUMPUR: It has been a whirlwind journey for the Pakatan Harapan government in administering Malaysia since its historic victory in the 14th General Election (GE14) on May 9, 2018, when the coalition secured 113 out of 222 parliamentary seats.

Almost a year after the historic victory, the PH government led by veteran politician Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has managed to execute many of their election promises smoothly amid pressures from various ends.

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MA63 and the Federal Constitution

No sooner had the first constitutional amendment bill presented by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government failed to secure the requisite two-thirds parliamentary majority last week, the recriminations and blame game started in earnest in Sarawak.

It was an initiative to restore the constitutional text to its earlier, pre-1976, form that was primarily instigated in Sarawak and Sabah — to put back the two Borneo states in a category all their own and separate from all the other states in the peninsula.

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Why no matric for students with good SPM results?

KUCHING: Malaysians want a proper explanation as to why many students who achieved good results and have applied for a place in matriculation did not get it.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said he had relayed the complaints to the Ministry of Education, and its Deputy Minister Teo Nie Ching is meeting with the matriculation board to go through the whole process and to better understand the issue.

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Sarawak O&G players set to gain under Petros

PETALING JAYA: Sarawak oil and gas players are set to benefit as the state transitions into the new administration of its oil resources under Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), with plans to increase local participation in the industry.

UOB Kay Hian Research singled out Serba Dinamik Holdings Bhd as among the major beneficiaries, aside from other Sarawak-listed companies like Dayang Enterprise Holdings Bhd, Petra Energy Bhd, KKB Engineering Bhd  (via OceanMight) and Brooke Dockyard.

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Frequent U-turns make dealing with Putrajaya difficult, says Sarawak minister

KUCHING: A Sarawak minister said future dealings with the Pakatan Harapan government will “likely be difficult” due to its “continuous U-turns” on promises made.

State Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Michael Manyin said this followed Putrajaya’s decision to turn down the Sarawak government’s offer of a RM1 billion loan to repair dilapidated schools in the state.

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Sabah, Sarawak leaders should stay united over Malaysian agreement

Sabah Youth Council (MBS) has urged leaders of Sabah and Sarawak to stick together in the struggle over the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) apart from ensuring their stand was in the interest of the people and not solely for their political survival.

MBS Deputy President Abqaree Fawwaz Abekan said the failure to obtain the required support in Parliament to pass the Amendment on Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution Bill recently was very disappointing even though Sabah and Sarawak leaders still have the space to focus on restoring both states as equal partners with the Peninsula as contained in MA63.

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Sarawak, China’s Shan Ying in RM7.4bil pulp and paper plant

KUCHING: A China-based Fortune 500 company and Sarawak State Economic Development Corp (SDEC) plan to jointly invest in a US$1.8bil (RM7.4bil) pulp and paper manufacturing plant in Samalaju Industrial Park, Bintulu.

Shan Ying International Holdings Co Ltd and SEDC will collaborate on the project under a memorandum of understanding the two parties inked in Anhui Province, China, last week.

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Sabahans and Sarawakians have differing views on Agreement

Sabahans and Sarawakians have differing views on the failed attempt to pass the amendment to Article 1(2) of the Federal Constitution.

While folks in Sabah are disappointed, their neighbours in Sarawak felt the amendment was vague and would not do much to restore the state’s rights.

Sabahans feel passing the amendment would spell more funds and power which would have helped to uplift the state.

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Sarawak cuts log export quota to 20pc

Sarawak’s policy of gradual reduction of log export quota instead of a total ban to support local the timber processing industry is bearing fruit as industry players assured of State support. The Log Reservation Quota was introduced in 1988 to ensure adequate supply of logs for the local primary and secondary processing industry.In 1988, the export quota was 90 per cent with the local processing quota at 10 per cent.

By 2018, the export quota was reduced to 20 per cent while the local processing quota had increased to 80 per cent. This policy has been successful in spurring the growth of the primary and secondary timber processing industry, making Sarawak the largest producer and exporter of tropical plywood in the region.

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