Sarawak strengthens oil and gas control with passing of OMO

Desmond Davidson

A screengrab off a closed circuit TV shows Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan tabling the Oil Mining Ordinance amendment bill in the state legislative assembly today. He says the Continental Shelf Act 1966 and the Petroleum Mining Act 1966 were initially not extended to Sarawak. – July 10, 2018.

DEBATES in the Sarawak state assembly today were dominated by the legal conflict between the federally legislated Petroleum Development Act 1974 and the state’s Oil Mining Ordinance over the ownership to oil and gas in the state, as the 60-year-old ordinance was tabled for amendment today.

The debate became a little testy when Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen pointed to Section 2(1) of the PDA on ownership.

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