KOTA KINABALU: The federal government will fulfil its promise to start negotiation on the oil and gas issue in Sabah.
The state Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (information chief) Khairul Firdaus Akbar said the pledge was expressed by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said it was a significant move in line with Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63).
“Whatever to be inked during the negotiation will definitely give a large scale positive impact on the petroleum and gas industry in the state.
“Such a boost will indirectly give positive spillover in both economy or social sectors that could guarantee the livelihoods of Sabahans,” he said in a statement, adding it was a long-standing issue for the state to be solved as soon as possible.
Yesterday, Muhyiddin who is also Bersatu president, had said in his winding-up speech during the party’s general assembly to fulfil the promises for Sabah.
It was also said to be a gratitude gesture for the support towards Perikatan Nasional during Sabah state election in September.
Firdaus added such a pledge also reflected close relationship between the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah-led state government with the central.
Such a relationship, he said, would definitely create a good synergy for development in Sabah.
Meanwhile, Firdaus said Sabah Bersatu also admired state Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor for discussing oil and gas issue during the assembly.
Source: New Straits Times