Petronas versus Sarawak hearing pushed to June 21

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on June 12, 2018.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The hearing of Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) application for leave to start proceedings against the Sarawak government has been postponed to June 21.

Petronas is challenging the state’s claim to regulatory authority in the upstream oil and gas sector.

The Sarawak chief minister’s office said in a statement that the state attorney-general’s legal team representing the state government received notification of the postponement yesterday.

It said the Federal Court acceded to the postponement request by the Federal Attorney-General to enable him to consider whether the federal government ought to intervene in the case.

The postponement was granted without according the state attorney-general’s legal team the courtesy of being heard on the state government’s objection to the adjournment application, it said, adding the state government will now have to consider all other options to protect and enforce the state’s constitutional rights on this matter.

“The state government would not allow Petronas to disrespect and disregard our rights to regulate the upstream activities under our laws such as the Oil Mining Ordinance and the Land Code,” it said.