KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan stressed that Petronas should comply with Sarawak’s law of petroleum sales tax.
According to him, it was public knowledge that Petronas had extracted hundreds of billions of ringgit worth of petro-carbon resources from Sarawak and what Sarawak received was a mere five per cent in royalty payments.
“It is unfortunate that Petronas, being an international corporation as well as a government linked company of the Federal Government, has yet to comply with the payment of sales tax on petroleum products exported out of Sarawak,” said Awang Tengah in his winding up speech today.
He added, it was strange that Petronas had ignored the law when foreign companies operating in Sarawak, such as Shell, Murphy and PT Pertamina, have all complied.
Petronas’ refusal to comply is tantamount to challenging the rights of Sarawak as enshrined under the federal and state constitutions.