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2010 Jun 30 - Petronas and Block L M

Questions on Blocks L & M not fully answered

Kuala Lumpur, July 1, 2010: Member of Parliament for Tawau, Datuk Chua Soon Bui, said the federal government did not give a satisfactory answer on why the 3 million acres of oil block L and M were ceded to Brunei.

The federal government evaded her real question by quoting 'national interests', fairness to neighbours, boundary sharing, socio-economic and cultural ties being the factors for ceding of the oil blocks.

The federal government added that Malaysia's action at the time was to neutralize the tense situation that arose as a result of the oil and gas exploration.

Chua questioned why since it was the issue on the oil and gas exploration rights that created the tense situation, why didn't Malaysia negotiate for joint exploration and extraction rights rather than having to give up the sovereignty rights on the 3 million acres of marine territory?

"In any eventuality, why didn't Malaysia refer the matter to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in resolving such an important issue of national interest?

"No other rational reasoning would be good enough for the people especially when the nation is so proud of the winning of the sovereignty rights of Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan on 17/12/2002 in ICJ as recorded in the Malaysia Maritime Realm Atlas.

"There is no mention that one coastal nation must surrender its sovereign rights to another neighbouring nation as what the federal minister has claimed that their decision was based on the United Convention on Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982) on the continental shelf.

"Why was such joint submission not done when Malaysia had the experience of such joint submission with Vietnam on 27 August 2009 since the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf, under Article 76 of UNCLOS 1982, which has the right to decide on the maritime territory of the disputed member states of Malaysia-Brunei?" Chua asked.

"If there was any earlier dispute, why wasn't it indicated in the Malaysia Maritime Realm Atlas and why were there reports which showed that blocks L and M belonged to Malaysia until given away on 16/3/ 2009?

more.....on adjournment speech by

Datuk Chua Soon Bui (Tawau) in Parliament (Mesyuarat Kedua, Penggal Ketiga, Parlimen Kedua Belas):

"Malaysians especially Sabahans are confused, questioning and would like to know the status of the 3 million acres oil and gas rich block L and M after statements made by ministers failed to shed lights on the recent revelation by our Ex-Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed that Malaysia's rights on the block L and M oil fields were given to Brunei, causing a loss of RM320 billions to Malaysia in Oil and Gas in an area equivalent to the combined size of states of Perlis, Penang, Melaka and Selangor.

The people of Malaysia especially those in Sabah have the right to know the reason why the Federal Government made the decision in March 2009 on the ceding of 3 million acres of Sabah's maritime territory of block L and M to Brunei.

Although many official statements have been released that Block L and M were not part of Malaysia, why then Murphy Oil Sabah Co. L:td.(a subsidiary company of Murphy Oil Corporation) announced on 16/1/2003 that it has been awarded Sharing Contracts covering Block L and M offshore Malaysia. Murphy Oil has 60% interest in Block L and 70% in Block M with Petronas Carigali Sdn. Bhd. holding the remaining 40% and 30% respectively, each block covering 1.5 million acres making up a total 3 million acres.

The awarding authority was Petroleum Nasional Bhd. (PETRONAS). Why was there no dispute or mention of Brunei's interests at the time of the award? If the blocks are not part of Malaysia, the well established Murphy Oil Corporation would not have set up a Sabah based Murphy Oil Sabah to share the contract with Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd.

Most importantly, why was Petronas be the awarding authority if these blocks were not part of Malaysia? The great awakening only came on 22nd April 2010 when Murphy Oil Corporation announced that it had been informed by Petronas on 21/4/2010 that following the execution of exchange of letters between Malaysia and Brunei on 16/3/2009 that the offshore exploration areas of block L and M are no longer part of Malaysia, the sharing contracts were thus terminated.

The people are questioning the legality and are asking for TRANSPARENCY on what had transpired between 2003, after the award of the contracts and 2009, whether Sabah's maritime territory (north of Labuan) had been re-delineated? Is the move a violation of Article 2 of the Malaysian constitution making it unconstitutional and illegal.

Malaysia had referred the Sipadan case to the International Court of Justice and won the case in December 2002. Surely the 3 million acres of Block L and M with oil and gas worth of RM320 billions is much valuable and beneficial to Malaysia as compared to Sipadan.

If there was any dispute at all with Brunei, why was the case not referred to International Court of Justice as Malaysia has the expertise on International law on territorial disputes?

The people of Sabah is surprised that government went all out for the Batu Putih and spent millions to fight for territorial claim, but did not raise a finger to fight for the oil and gas rich blocks.

It is not just the loss of valuable oil and gas productions, but it is also the loss of Malaysia territorial waters for transportation, the marine lives and food resources for the interests of all Malaysians especially those in Sabah and Labuan.

It is therefore with sincere intention that I propose to the Prime Minister Department to call for a "White Paper" to clarify all the people's doubts and to ensure that the rights and interests of the people are always protected."

SAPP Policies

SAPP's 17 point Manifesto - Sabah deserves better in terms of more equitable distribution of opportunities, in social, economic and infrastructural development and a better quality of life. [BM][Chinese]

SAPP's Economic Plan for Sabah - SAPP aims to achieve economic prosperity and financial self-reliance for Sabah. Version in [BM] [Chinese]

SAPP's Land Reform Policy - To promote and protect the rights and interests of local natives and other citizens in Sabah [BM][Chinese]

On Oil Royalty - SAPP is not giving up its struggle for more oil royalty payment for Sabah.

SAPP's Eight (8) Points Declaration - Whereas our mission is to establish a trustworthy govt and a progressive ...

SAPP's 14 point memo in 2006 - Time for Direct Preventive Actions

SAPP Constitution (booklet)

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Books on ....
RCI Report on Immigrants in Sabah
The Birth of Malaysia
Malaysia Agreement Article 1-11
The Original Agreement of Malaysia
Heroes of Kinabalu 神山美烈誌
Schedule 9 of the Federal Constitution

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No to coal-fired plant
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3 million acres oil blocks ceded
The Formation of Msia & Devt in Sabah
Proclamation of Msia 1963...details
Restore Sabah's right to appoint JCs,
Ex-minister: Review 20-point
Supply Sarawak power to Sabah...
Sedition Act 1948
Continental Shelf Act 83 (1966)
Petroleum Development Act 144 (1974)
Petroleum Oil Agreement (1976)


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