KUALA TERENGGANU — Nov. 27, 2018: Terengganu is forming a committee comprising members from the ruling PAS and opposition Umno before the end of the year to discuss with the federal Government regarding claims for the oil royalty.
This is among the contingency plans drawn up, apart from other steps outlined, like revising Budget 2019 if federal fails to pay the royalty.
“This is only hypothetical, we hope it doesn’t happen… payment should be made in accordance with the agreement because it is the right of the people and Terengganu,” said Mentri Besar Dr. Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar in reply to opposition leader Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman (BN-Seberang Takir).
Razif, the former MB, had asked if the state government was ready if the royalty wasn’t paid, as it would then render Budget 2019 tabled last Sunday just a rhetoric.
Samsuri had tabled a balanced budget of RM2.015 billion, where the expected petroleum royalty payment of RM1.745 billion was included as non-revenue earnings.
Another former MB, Datuk Seri Ahmad Said (BN-Kijal), said he would be willing to join the committee and, together with the PAS government, head to Putrajaya to demand the payment. — Bernama