No Problem Cooperating With PH But Certain Conditions On Sabah Rights Must Be Fulfilled First

KOTA KINABALU : Parti Warisan Vice President, Datuk Junz Wong reiterated Warisan’s willingness to cooperate with coalitions at the Federal level, on condition that rights pertaining to Sabah are fulfilled.

In a series of videos posted on his Facebook (facebook.com/junzwong) on Tuesday, Junz said that the first condition for cooperation is the return of 20% oil royalty.

“The 5% petroleum sales tax implemented by Warisan since 2021 will bring in approximately RM1.2 billion revenue to Sabah in 2022.

“This means that if Pakatan Harapan (PH) agrees to 20% oil royalty and cooperates with Warisan, Sabah will gain at least an additional RM5 billion per annum.”

“An additional RM5 billion per annum can resolve a lot of infrastructure issues, such as flood woes in Sabah including Kota Kinabalu,” he said in a statement released here today.

Junz added, the second condition is to return powers pertaining to foreign labour system.

He explained that such powers are currently vested in the hands of the Federal Home Ministry, even though the 1963 Malaysian Agreement stipulates that such powers lies in the hands of Sabah.

“We want the return of powers to hire foreign labour because Kuala Lumpur (KL) does not understand the real situation in Sabah.

“They in KL have taken this power from Sabah and created a system which is not only expensive but also not business friendly to Sabah. It is no good for Sabah businesses.

“Upon the return of such powers, Warisan intends to continue reforms in order to fit into the objectives of industrialising Sabah.”

The third condition Junz said, is the return of Sabah’s continental shelf, referring to the control of Sabah’s waters, specifically the seabed and resources that lies beneath.

According to international laws and conventions, Sabah used to have control over resources lying within 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) of Sabah’s coastline.

However, such distance was drastically reduced to merely 3 nautical miles (5.4 kilometres) after the Federal Government decided to take almost total control over Sabah.

“Sabah used to control everything in the sea such as fisheries and petroleum resources and everything that is 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) from land.

“But today, it is reduced from 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) to merely 3 nautical miles (5.5 kilometres).

“Everything beyond 3 nautical miles (5.5 kilometres) is controlled by KL.

“So the operations of most oil rigs belonging to Petronas and other companies are now controlled by the Federal Government.

Junz said this resulted in KL prioritising KL people, KL expertise and KL companies in the oil and gas and fisheries industry.

“Sabahans are shortchanged even though this industry is actually Sabah’s rights.

“Upon the return of such rights, Petronas and all other companies who wish to operate must seek the approval of Sabah.

“We in Sabah can impose conditions such as prioritising Sabah workforce, prioritising Sabah expertise, prioritising Sabah companies etc,” he stressed.

Junz said there is a total of 9 videos, of which 3 has been released on Tuesday via Facebook.

“Part 4 to part 6 will be released on Wednesday. The final part 7 to 9 will be released on Thursday.

“We want Sabahans to know what Warisan’s demands are, because KL is deliberately attempting to sidestep such demands in order to make Sabahans forget that we are actually a very rich and resourceful state,” he concluded.