1. THREE APPLICATIONS IN SESSION, SARAWAK WILL WIN SST CASE
KUCHING: Three applications in session in relation to the case of Sarawak Government suing Petronas over its unpaid 5 percent State Sales Tax.
According to Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department for Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, the three to four applications with one application to the judge.
The second on the jurisdiction of the court as they want to transfer to the Federal Court and some other objections.
She added that it would be normal for Petronas to object and she expected Petronas to throw in all sorts of objections and applications but as the law is concerned, Sarawak can win this case.
2. CHRISTOPHER CHIN TO DECIDE WHETHER TO RECUSE FROM STATE SST CASE
KUCHING: On another note, Judicial Commissioner Christopher Chin has fixed Jan 23 to decide whether he should recuse himself from presiding over the High Court Case of Sarawak vs Petronas for unpaid state sales tax (SST).
He has to make a decision over the matter following the application made by Petronas.
However, State legal counsel Dato Sri JC Fong said that Petronas main ground for asking Chin to recuse himself is because he is just a “temporary judge and might not be made a full judge if he continues to preside over the case.
The unpaid SST for 2019 to the tune of RM 1.3 billion by Petronas, the state government is relying on the Malaysian Agreement 1963, Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 and State Sales Tax 1998 (SST98) as the basis of its case but Petronas is arguing that the SST98 is ultra vires, null and void.
3. NO COMPOUND NOTICE RECEIVED YET FROM MACC- MASING
KUCHING: No compound notice yet received by Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in regards to the party receiving funds from 1MDB.
PRS president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing responded to the reporters when asked to comment on MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya’s recent statement that the anti-corruption authority will take action against those who have not paid up despite compound notices issued to them for receiving funds from 1MDB.
And PRS is among the political parties named in the list.
Asked if the party had strike a deal with MACC on paying the funds by instalment, Masing said the party did not do so.