1. PETRONAS CHALLENGE THE SUIT BY SARAWAK OVER SALES TAX
Petroliam Nasional Berhad, Petronas is challenging the suit by the Sarawak government regarding the sales tax on petroleum products owed by Petronas to Sarawak.
This was confirmed by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali who said that Petronas had filed an entry of appearance and subsequently filed their statement of defence yesterday.
Hasidah also expressed her confidence that Sarawak could win the suit, as Sarawak had a very good and strong case.
2. SARAWAK WILL NOT INCREASE WATER TARIFFS AS CLAIMED BY MEDIA REPORTS
KUCHING: Several news articles yesterday, including national news agency Bernama and online portal Malay Mail quoting Minister of Water, Lands and Natural Resource Minister Datuk Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar claimed that all states had agreed to implement water tariffs adjustment next year.
In response to this, the state’s Ministry of Utilities in a press statement today said, as far as Sarawak is concerned, water is a state matter and Sarawak has its own Water Ordinance and Water Supply Regulations to regulate the water supply authorities in Sarawak.
Stating that the heading of the article is very misleading and does not convey the true picture of the actual situation, the Ministry would like to appeal to the mass media to be truthful and responsible in their reporting on such issues, which affects the Sarawak people at large.
The state ministry also added, any water tariff adjustments prescribed by the Federal Water, Land and Natural Resources Minister, on the recommendation of National Water Services Commission (SPAN), do not apply to Sarawak.
3. GOF HELPS TRACK DOWN POACHERS
KUCHING: The Tiger Platoon from the General Operations Force (GOF) are on the ground to assist relevant authorities track down illegal hunters and individuals plundering forest treasures in Sarawak
Sarawak Commissioner of Police Datuk Ramli Din said Tiger Platoon was not only monitoring the activities but also tracking down the culprits.
Ramli said the war against illegal hunting activities and the plundering of forest resources in Sarawak was ongoing.
He added that the Tiger Platoon had also been mobilised to conduct patrols, track down suspects, and would charge any individuals or groups found to have committed offences under the law.