Nik Nazmi questions AG’s whereabouts during seizure of Petronas assets

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / Pic by TMR FILE

PKR organising secretary and Setiawangsa MP Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad is asking where Attorney General (AG) Idrus Harun was amid the seizure of two Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) subsidiaries by the heirs of the Sulu Sultanate.

Yesterday, it was reported that two Petronas subsidiaries in Azerbaijan worth US$2 billion (RM8.87 billion) had been seized by bailiffs after a French arbitration court ruled in March that Malaysia had to pay the descendants of the Sultan of Sulu at least RM62.59 billion.

The move came following an arbitration ruling in favour of the Sulu Sultanate over the termination of lease payments of RM5,300 per year for the oil palm plantation which it owned.

In a statement on his Facebook page today, Nik Nazmi said the AG is tasked with ensuring the legality of the government’s actions.

“Where is the current AG who is supposed to ensure this does not happen? Why is there no injunction or restraining order filed against the heirs of the Sulu Sultanate who are said to have committed unfounded legal action?

“What did the AG and the government do after the arbitration order was obtained? What has been done to set aside the arbitration order?” he asked.

Nik Nazmi also raised former Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak’s role in the matter.

“I just see Najib, as usual, blaming Pakatan Harapan. Umno is part of the government today.

“Let us not forget, the incident of the termination of lease payments of RM5,300 a year happened in 2013 when Umno led the government. Who else was the then PM and finance minister, if not Najib?”

Nik Nazmi also urged the government to immediately file an injunction or restraint order to stop the Sulu Sultanate from taking control of the assets.

“If it is left unchecked, another national asset will be lost. It also clearly tarnishes the sovereignty of the country.

“He (Najib) should advise the PM to take immediate action,” he said.