Kelantan to proceed with its 5% oil royalty claim

By BERNAMA / Graphic By TMR

The Kelantan government stays with its 5% oil royalty claim as stipulated in the agreement signed between the state government and Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) in 1975.

Kelantan Mentri Besar (MB) Datuk Ahmad Yakob (picture) said the royalty claim is among the things to be discussed at a meeting between the state and federal governments in the near future.

He said he would send a letter to inform of the meeting between the two parties in the near future, and is waiting for the right time to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya.

“We stay with a 5% royalty claim. It is very generous of the Pakatan Harapan federal government if they want to give us 20% (as in the manifesto).

This matter, we will mention in the meeting with the prime minister,” the MB said to reporters after chairing the first state executive council meeting after the 14th General Election (GE14) at the Kota Darul Naim Complex in Kota Baru yesterday.

Ahmad said the relationship between the state and federal governments is as normal and the Kelantan administration is ready to improve the relationship further.

Ahmad said yesterday’s meeting also agreed on the setting up of a committee known as the Coordinating and Special Programmes Division to monitor the implementation of the programmes in the manifesto as promised for GE14.

“The implementation of each promised manifesto will be monitored by the state secretary, so that the programmes can go well and our desire to see a better Kelantan is achieved.

“In addition, the new portfolio of Public Administration, Regional Development, People’s Well being and Integrity which is held by Deputy MB Datuk Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah will also focus on enforcement activities against encroachment of forest and government land to boost revenue and (ensure) zero leakage for the state government,” Ahmad said.