Sabah Chief Minister believes petroleum royalty review issue is open for discussions with the federal government

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PAPAR — Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman believes that the state’s five percent petroleum royalty review issue is open for amicable discussions with the federal government.

He Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was a caring leader who was always prepared to listen to the people and their needs.

Musa, who is also state Finance Minister, said the good relationship between the state and federal governments also benefited Sabahans through large allocations which helped to propel the state forward.

“Therefore, I believe this issue (petroleum royalty) is open for discussion and what’s important is that we scrutinise the matter and reach the best decision for the mutual benefit of all concerned,” he said.

He was speaking to reporters after the Papar Umno Aidilfitri open house hosted by the constituency’s member of parliament, Datuk Rosnah Abdul Rashid Shirlin, Kawang assemblyman Datuk Ghulam Haidar Khan and Pantai Manis assemblyman Datuk Rahim Ismail, at the Papar Community Hall, here today.

Last night, Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud was quoted as saying the state government would discuss the need to review the five percent petroleum royalty paid to Sarawak, with the federal government.

Admitting that state government and opposition leaders in the state have reached a consensus on the issue, Taib said both parties needed to meet and discuss the matter.

Early this month, Najib announced that a special committee would be set up to study the petroleum royalty payments involving the eastern states of Peninsula Malaysia, in a fair and transparent manner.

The committee was given six months to study the issue before submitting its proposals to the federal government.