Monday, June 7, 2010

Were Blocks L and M previously part of Malaysia, revisited

KUALA LUMPUR: Murphy Oil Corp says Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) has terminated the production sharing contracts for Blocks L and M as they "are no longer a part of Malaysia".

The US-based company said on its website on Wednesday, April 21 that it was informed by Petronas following the execution of the exchange of letters between Malaysia and Brunei on March 16, 2009, the offshore exploration areas designated as Block L and Block M were no longer a part of Malaysia.

"As a consequence, the production sharing contracts covering Blocks L and M, awarded in 2003 to Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and Murphy, were formally terminated by letter dated April 7, 2010," it said.

The controversy over the two blocks have arisen after former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had in a blog posting asked why the two blocks no longer belonged to Malaysia.

Dr Mahathir said the two blocks had been claimed by Malaysia based on historical facts.


  1. Abdullah says Cabinet approved boundary pact with Brunei

    KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said he signed a land and sea boundary agreement with Brunei in March 2009 in which two overlapping offshore exploration fields came under Brunei after it was approved by the Malaysian Cabinet a month earlier.

    In a statement today, the former prime minister confirmed that Block L and Block M concessions now belonged to Brunei but the agreement provided that Malaysia would be allowed to participate in joint development of oil and gas on a commercial basis in the two areas for a period of 40 years.

    "The financial and operational modalities for giving effect to this arrangement will be further discussed by the two sides. This means that in so far as the oil and gas resources are concerned, the agreement is not a loss for Malaysia," said Abdullah who had visited Bandar Seri Begawan for a two-day working visit on March 15 and 16 last year before he stepped down as prime minister two weeks later on April 3.

    Abdullah was responding to questions raised by his predecessor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who said Abdullah had surrendered the two blocks in negotiations with the Sultan of Brunei in exchange for Limbang which straddles the Sarawak-Brunei border.

    Dr Mahathir said the loss of the two blocks cost Malaysia at least US$100 billion dollars (RM320 billion) from an estimated reserves of almost one billion barrels of oil.

    Dr Mahathir also said Brunei had disclaimed that it had agreed to give up Limbang and Abdullah had made no mention of the two blocks when he announced that he had settled the Limbang claim.

  2. Malaysia pays and Brunei gets the money from the oil sales!

  3. ceding Labuan is the first mistake.

  4. By Anonymous May 4 2010 1:05PM
    "ceding Labuan is the first mistake."

    But then why keep repeating again in PRU12 308 and what a fuss for PBS go and come in BN?


    You have lost your right to complain!

  6. Sabahans can easily forget, and forget, while KL keep on encroaching.

    If Sabah can be saved...state and federal govts must be changed.

  7. Does this mean that the PM can unilaterally, through a rubber stamp cabinet, cede any part of Sabah (eg. Keningau, Tawau or Sandakan) to neighbouring countries by the way of benefits exchange?

  8. Govt gives go-ahead for nuclear power plant by 2021

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has approved the setting up of a nuclear power plant, slated to start operating from 2021.

    Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui said his ministry has been given the go-ahead by the Economic Council to start identifying suitable sites.

    Declining to reveal the possible sites and the total power deliverable, Chin said the nuclear plant needed to be built in an area with high power demand.

    "Building of the first plant needs a lead time of at least 10 years.

    "We need to look at the safety aspects, human resources and the location," he said, adding that the International Atomic Energy Agency had the final say on whether the plant could be built.

    Technology know-how and providers may possibly come from South Korea, China, France or Japan, he added.

    He stressed that a nuclear plant was sorely needed to meet the country's accelerating energy needs and ensured its energy security.

    "Nuclear energy is the only viable option toward our long term energy needs.

    "Our energy mix is rather unhealthy. We are depending too much on coal and oil," he told reporters after launching the first Carbon Neutral Conference on Sustainable Buildings South East Asia on Tuesday.

    Chin stressed that despite nuclear energy's astronomical start-up costs, it was more cost- and energy-efficient than dotting the country with coal-fired power plants.

    On the political fallout from building a nuclear plant, Chin said the Government would be ready to explain to the people the need for one.

    He added that the Government would not approve a project that was not good for the country.

  9. U.M.N.O must be kicked out from Sabah. We are not welcome the U.M.M.O = PILAKS party in Sabah.

    Yang BerBAU Samsu-ddin yahya a PILAK was born in Indonesia and now questioning the Sabahan Jimmy Wong whether his Sijil Anak Negeri is genuine or not. WTF is going on in our own land?

  10. how much could be done in Sabah with this money!!!!!!!!!!

    Wednesday May 5, 2010
    Cardiff City to be 'Malaysian'

    EXCLUSIVE: Malaysian tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan is set to be the biggest shareholder of Cardiff City Football Club, which could be in the English Premier League next season. Tan and his business partner Datuk Chan Tien Ghee will buy a 36.7% stake for over RM29.2mil (£6mil) to make them the controlling block of shareholders of the Welsh football club.

  11. shall be near Putrajaya!

    Malaysia seek sites for first nuclear plant
    Published: 2010/05/05


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    Malaysia will start identifying sites for the country’s first nuclear power plant although no decision has been taken on whether to proceed, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

    The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water will be tasked with finding potential locations, he said. If the government proceeds, it will take another 12 to 15 years before viable energy is produced, Najib said on his personal blog site.

    “Our non-renewable natural resources are finite,” Najib said. “Eventually, the supply will end. In this regard, our current fuel mix for power generation in Malaysia is skewed too much in favor of natural gas and coal.”

    Malaysia is currently the world’s second-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas after Qatar, although it may become a net importer of oil and gas by 2014, the government estimated in 2008.
    The Southeast Asian nation’s oil and condensates reserves can last until approximately 2030 and its gas reserves may run out until can last until 2047, it said. -- Bloomberg

    Read more: Malaysia seek sites for first nuclear plant

  12. Please bare in mind that anything beyond 3 nautical miles from our shore is not on our jurisdiction anymore...the oil block is clearly is not inside the 3 nautical miles...but the people dont know it, so a lot of individuals started to play this issues & politicize it...


    Sarawak formed Malaysia together with Malaya, Singapore & Sabah in 16th September 1963. Singapore left Malaysia to be an independent Sovereign State officially in August 1965.

    Sarawak therefore remained as one of the three entities that is collectively known as Malaysia. That is to say, Sarawak is one of three equal partners in the federation. The terms that governed the relationship where contained in the 20 point agreement (18 points for Sarawak).

    The points are listed at the end of this commentary.
    These 18th points have eroded into non existence. To name a few, the government departments are filled with officers from West Malaysia, the status of the local indigenous people continue to be unrecognized, whilst the wealth of the State is being systemically siphoned off to Malaya.

    Sarawak now is loosely and wrongly identified as one of the 13 States that make up Malaysia . Thence equal in statute to the smallest Malay State of Perlis. It is not to the advantage of Putrajaya to give recognition to these facts, whilst the local BN leaders are content to let others manage the wealth of Bumi Kenyalang.
    Slowly but surely Sarawakians are on the slippery slope to when it doesn't mean a thing to be Sarawakians anymore. The status quo is largely due to lack of education, the lack of political will and general apathy amongst its populace...cont'd

  14. Further we are all too focused on the little issues, at the same time losing the right of self determination and our identity.

    The debate about Block L & Block M (read Che Det / Dr Mahathir's blog) between Abdullah Badawai, has stirred up controversy in the news. Apparently Abdullah signed away the two blocks of oil reportedly worth USD 100 billion / RM 320 billion to Brunei, in exchange for "nothing"!

    The subject meeting was held in Brunei which Abdullah left announcing victoriously that the Brunei claim on Limbang was resolved. The Brunei palace issued a denial immediately the next day. Meanwhile the Oil Blocks are gone.

    How the Oil Blocks were lost or who was responsible and for what consideration, will continue to make waves in the news when it suits the BN / UMNO leaders.
    The thing that irks me is that this concerns Sarawakian rights, which have received no mention whatsoever in the matter. Granted our previous leaders may have foolishly granted Oil & Gas exploration to Petronas for pittance described as "oil royalty". This does not mean that Sarawak has abdicated her rights over her resources, as the property reverts back when the exploration stops.

    Therefore the question is when did Sarawak decide to give mandate to Abdullah to sign away the rights in these two blocks? Meanwhile the Sarawakian leadership has remained mum over the issue. They seemed to be more interested in who is the new mayor of Padawan Council rather than protecting Sarawak.

    If you complained to the generation of Sarawakians who were around during the Malaysia formation, they will tell you that Sarawak at the time was between a rock and a hard place, socialist Indonesia was eyeing us at a time when the British Colonialists just wanted to go. Malaysia was seen as an option, especially with the signing of the 18 points, that could preserve the rights of Sarawakians. In addition the Federation also undertook to protect the sovereignty of the State from foreign threats.

    So when there is a dispute over Block L & Block M, we should have as a nation rushed to defend our territory, we have the submarines and the army, instead our leaders saw fit to sign away those rights. Our PM expeditiously flew to Brunei and signed away the rights in their backyard.

    Without so much as a mumble, or a hearing at the International Court as with Batu Putih, we collapsed to the Sultan of Brunei. Without trying to be vulgar, a girl would have done much better at defending her virginity.

    Alas, this discussion is destined for the cobwebs of history, we have sold ourselves recently in Batang Ai as we are preparing to sell ourselves again in Sibu, this time in exchange for flood mitigation measures.

  15. The Malaysia Agreement

    Point 1: Religion
    While there was no objection to Islam being the national religion of Malaysia there should be no State religion in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah), and the provisions relating to Islam in the present Constitution of Malaya should not apply to Borneo.

    Point 2: Language
    * a. Malay should be the national language of the Federation
    * b. English should continue to be used for a period of 10 years after Malaysia Day
    * c. English should be an official language of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) for all purposes, State or Federal, without limitation of time.

    Point 3: Constitution
    Whilst accepting that the present Constitution of the Federation of Malaya should form the basis of the Constitution of Malaysia, the Constitution of Malaysia should be a completely new document drafted and agreed in the light of a free association of states and should not be a series of amendments to a Constitution drafted and agreed by different states in totally different circumstances. A new Constitution for Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) was of course essential.

    Point 4: Head of Federation
    The Head of State in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should not be eligible for election as Head of the Federation
    Point 5: Name of Federation
    “Malaysia” but not “Melayu Raya”.

    Point 6: Immigration
    Control over immigration into any part of Malaysia from outside should rest with the Central Government but entry into Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should also require the approval of the State Government. The Federal Government should not be able to veto the entry of persons into Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) for State Government purposes except on strictly security grounds. Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should have unfettered control over the movements of persons other than those in Federal Government employ from other parts of Malaysia Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah).

  16. Point 7: Right of Secession
    There should be no right to secede from the Federation.

    Point 8: Borneanisation
    Borneanisation of the public service should proceed as quickly as possible.

    Point 9: British Officers
    Every effort should be made to encourage British Officers to remain in the public service until their places can be taken by suitably qualified people from Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah).

    Point 10: Citizenship
    The recommendation in paragraph 148(k) of the Report of the Cobbold Commission should govern the citizenship rights in the Federation of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) subject to the following amendments:
    * a) sub-paragraph (i) should not contain the proviso as to five years residence
    * b) in order to tie up with our law, sub-paragraph (ii)(a) should read “7 out of 10 years” instead of “8 out of 10 years”
    * c) sub-paragraph (iii) should not contain any restriction tied to the citizenship of parents – a person born in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) after Malaysia must be federal citizen.

    Point 11: Tariffs and Finance
    Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should retain control of its own finance, development and tariff, and should have the right to work up its own taxation and to raise loans on its own credit.

    Point 12: Special position of indigenous races
    In principle, the indigenous races of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should enjoy special rights analogous to those enjoyed by Malays in Malaya, but the present Malays’ formula in this regard is not necessarily applicable in Borneo(Sarawak & Sabah).

    Point 13: State Government
    * a) the Prime Minister should be elected by unofficial members of Legislative Council
    * b) There should be a proper Ministerial system in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah).

    Point 14: Transitional period
    This should be seven years and during such period legislative power must be left with the State of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) by the Constitution and not be merely delegated to the State Government by the Federal Government.

    Point 15: Education
    The existing educational system of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should be maintained and for this reason it should be under state control.

    Point 16: Constitutional safeguards
    No amendment modification or withdrawal of any special safeguard granted to Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should be made by the Central Government without the positive concurrence of the Government of the State of North Borneo.

    The power of amending the Constitution of the State of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) should belong exclusively to the people in the state. (Note: The United Party, The Democratic Party and the Pasok Momogun Party considered that a three-fourth majority would be required in order to effect any amendment to the Federal and State Constitutions whereas the UNKO and USNO considered a two-thirds majority would be sufficient)
    Point 17: Representation in Federal Parliament
    This should take account not only of the population of Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah) but also of its seize and potentialities and in any case should not be less than that of Singapore.

    Point 18: Name of Head of State
    Yang di-Pertua Negara.

    Point 19: Name of State
    Sarawak or Sabah.

    Point 20: Land, Forests, Local Government, etc.
    The provisions in the Constitution of the Federation in respect of the powers of the National Land Council should not apply in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah). Likewise, the National Council for Local Government should not apply in Borneo (Sarawak & Sabah).

  17. Let say since 1965...45 years long enough to kick off this unfaithful son of his mother. You are not great but a lousy one!
    Happy coming Sunday Mother's Day to your mum my mum and all mum in Sabah.
    Do you or don't you?

  18. oh well, that does it! What is done, can't be undone.
    Just accept it, Sabahans...
    There's no turning back for it now.

  19. We lost RM 320 Billion...

    all the treasure goes to Brunei...

    And now they'll never surrender the lands back...

    It's shame...


  20. What is done, can be undone, only by our will to change!

    Let us show them in the next elections!

    If we surrender, then all goes with it...

  21. Voting is not a force. Voting is your choice.
    For those who do not want to pay higher petrol, higher toll rates, higher electricity bills, higher water bills, higher sugar, flour, etc, then vote for Pakatan Rakyat. For those who wish to pay more can vote for their preference party. After 2008 election, you can see why toll rates, petrol price etc increase so slowly compare to those days.
    Before 2008, everything increase without full brake. Petrol increase twice within a year.
    For those who do not want to pay more by voting Pakatan Rakyat is ok to complaint.
    But those who wish to pay more shouldn't have complaint.

  22. Election promises for the fixed deposit! Nothing more then promises!!

    Sabah's very own oil towns

    Published on: Saturday, May 08, 2010

    Kota Kinabalu: Kimanis and Sipitang have been earmarked by the State Government to be developed into oil towns, similar to Miri and Bintulu in Sarawak and Kerteh in Terengganu.

    Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said it is the State Government's hope to develop Kimanis into another Kerteh for Sabah although it may take some time.

    "I was told by people in Terengganu that it took 20 to 30 years for Kerteh to be where it is now, so we don't mind to start from the beginning.

    "We hope Kimanis will be developed like Kerteh now but it will take time," he said after launching the First Borneo International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition at Magellan Sutera Hotel, Friday.

    The Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) project is currently ongoing in Kimanis, which Musa said would start small but would be modern and well planned with a green environment. A masterplan had been prepared.

    Another area was Sipitang where more than 2,000 acres have been earmarked by the State Government for oil and gas industry by the seaside.

    "It will also have a deep sea port. We will be developing Kimanis and Sipitang concurrently," he said, adding that Sipitang and Kimanis were chosen because it can accommodate deep sea port and is near the oil fields.

    In his speech, Musa said the State Government envisioned Kimanis to be developed into a "Common Facilities" township with a helicopter hanger and airstrip, industrial and occupational health clinics, supply base and warehouses, workshops and service centres and offices apart from training schools with up-to-date equipment.

    The town would also have supporting infrastructure like hotels and hostels, restaurants, schools and places of worships.

    "Gas from offshore Sabah will land at the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal in Kimanis in 2013, and this is something we are looking forward to.

    Gas will be available for the domestic market, as well as for the Bintulu LNG plant through the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline," he said.

    Since gas would become an important energy source, the State Government was working with Petronas on a master plan to promote gas distribution infrastructure to bring this resource to homes, businesses, the transportation sector and for industries.

    "We recognise that this is a long-term and capital-intensive plan," he said.

    Oil production in Sabah started in 1975 from the Samarang field, with Shell being the only upstream operator, while the North Sabah Trunkline, the longest offshore submarine pipeline in South East Asia at that time was built in 1979.

    As a key component of Sabah's economy, the oil and gas sector accounts for 8.2 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product and crude petroleum accounted for 37.4 per cent of Sabah's total export with an approximate value of RM13.9 billion in 2009, he said.

    "The oil and gas industry plays an important role in the State's economy and it will certainly expand rapidly in future, bringing economic spin-offs that benefit the State's economy," he said.

  23. Oh no never! We know they have it - so, that means this MyCards fall from heaven???????????? The buy it moron!

    No MyKads to illegals: NRD

    Published on: Sunday, May 09, 2010

    Kota Kinabalu: The National Registration Department (NRD) has never issued the MyKad to illegal immigrants in Sabah.

    The Department only issued MyPR to foreigners who have been granted Permanent Resident (PR) status after getting the entry permit from the Immigration Department, said NRD Public Relation Officer, Jainisah Mohd Noor.

    Responding to a statement by Sabah DAP Health Bureau Chairman Dr Felix Chong that illegal immigrants holding MyKads were burdening the healthcare services in Sabah, she said the NRD appreciated Dr Felix's concern on the matter.

    In this respect, she said any agencies having doubts with the authenticity of the identity or MyKad of an individual who are seeking their services, are advised to refer the matter to the nearest NRD offices for verification.

    Jainisah also said that the NRD has a special mobile unit tasked to register locals living in remote areas in the interior of Sabah.

    The unit is carrying out the programme periodically and working hand-in-hand with other government agencies such as the Mobile Court.

    Taking over the country without firing one shot!

  24. Another election promise which will not be kept if UMNO has won and the fixed deposit has paid of again! Vote for SAPP and get what is yours! If you vote for UMNO again you all have lost YOUR RIGHT TO COMPLAIN!

    Sabah - aviation hub in the making

    Published on: Saturday, May 08, 2010

    Sabah has set its sight on becoming an aviation hub in the region with the setting up an aviation academy and a helicopter maintenance centre in the State.

    This was put into motion with the signing of two memoranda at the First Borneo International Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition witnessed by Musa, Friday.

    The first was the signing of the Declaration of Interest to Develop the Aviation Industry in Sabah, between Borneo Flying Academy, a subsidiary of Yayasan Sabah Group, which is the State Government's strategic development vehicle, Sabah Air Aviation Sdn Bhd and EADS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, which is the parent company of Airbus and Eurocopter.

    The second was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the setting up of an Approved Eurocopter Maintenance Centre between Eurocopter Malaysia and Sabah Air.

    Yayasan Sabah Group Deputy Director, Dr Johan Arrifin Samad said Borneo Flying Academy Sdn Bhd was being set up for an aviation school and an application had been submitted for the DCA licence.

    "I think the normal process will take about six months before the school can take off the ground. In the meantime, we are already talking to our partners and potential customers AirAsia, Malaysia Airlines and simulator suppliers and so on.

    At the moment the school would be on fixed-wing aircraft "but we are also working with Eurocopter on the helicopter maintenance side".

    Yayasan Sabah is also supplying helicopter services to offshore platforms and they hoped to work with Eurocopter to bring this helicopter maintenance to Sabah.

    Meanwhile, Eurocopter Malaysia, President and Chief Executive Officer, Pierre Nardelli who signed the MoU on behalf of Eurocopter said the maintenance centre was starting almost immediately with Sabah Air engineers now training in Europe.

    Sabah Air Chairman Pang Yuk Ming said they had sent two of its top engineers to France and Germany for a two-month course to familiarise with Eurocopter helicopters.

    "Sabah Air has been in the industry for 35 years and we have a group of experienced and professional engineers," he said, adding Musa was the driving force behind making Sabah an aviation centre.

    He said as the Tawau and Sandakan airports are not heavily used this is where Sabah Air can position themselves for the flying academy and helicopter services.

    Pang said the maintenance facility would be for two aircraft in the Eurocopter civil range namely, the AS355 NP Ecureuil and the EC145 which have been purchased. The new helicopters would be delivered in the second half of this year.

    The AS355 NP, a twin-engine version of the Ecureuil range, is to be used for the Flying Doctors service in Sabah, while the EC145 is intended for Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

    Both these aircraft would be the first such type in Malaysia and the EC145 will be first EMS machine in the country.

    He said Sabah Air's presence in the oil and gas conference was to give a strong signal to the industry of its intention to get back into offshore operations. "The confidence of Sabah Air is boosted with the tie-up with Eurocopter."

  25. Yong: was Dr M wrong as Petronas advisor?....interesting to read click hereclick here

  26. 1. I am glad that Petronas is going to take part in the exploration and production of the two blocks we surrendered to Brunei. That still does not mean we will get much out of the deal.

    2. Wisma Putra should make public the full contents of the agreement signed last year. When we give up what belongs to the people really, the people have a right to know. After all, Abdullah's Government made a point about being transparent, implying of course that the previous Government was not transparent. So let us see transparency in this decision to surrender the peoples' heritage. If as it is claimed we have not lost much, let us know how much is not much.

    3. At the present price of USD83 per barrel (RM249.00), one billion barrels would yield USD 83 billion or RM249 billion. Forget the likelihood that the oil price would increase in future, how much would we get from Petronas' involvement in the production.

    4. The question as to what happened to the RM270 billion that Petronas paid to Abdullah's Government has not been answered.

    5. His apologists will say that I am being petty, that I lost billions too. But concern over a total of over RM500 billion not accounted for or lost cannot be considered petty.

    6. The Malaysian public is very forgiving. When my questions are met with "elegant silence", that is the end of the story.

    7. Whither Malaysia?

    extracted from mahathir's chedet

  27. Sabah is ONLY the fixed deposit for UMNO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Don't ever forget that!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. vote for UNO BN and forget about the future of Sabah!

    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!

  29. isu blok M dan L dengan lebih lanjut boleh dirujuk pada website ini

  30. blok M dan L sebenarnya adalah kepunyaan Brunei dan sumber minyak dan gas dalam peta Brunei jelas menunjukkan kedua-dua blok tersebut kepunyaan Brunei...

  31. Without the Federal taking control over our affairs, there will not be so many problems here in Sabah.

  32. The Federal have no say in Sarawakian's affairs, you can see that there are no illegal immigrants, nor territories ceded...

  33. "Petronas confirms that following the exchange of letters, the production sharing contracts covering Blocks L and M, which were awarded in 2003 to Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and Murphy Sabah Oil Co Ltd were formally terminated on April 7 this year as these are no longer part of Malaysia.

    "Blocks L and M are redesignated as Blocks CA1 and CA2 respectively," it said.

    The controversy over the two blocks have arisen after former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had in a blog posting asked why the two blocks no longer belonged to Malaysia.

    Dr Mahathir said the two blocks had been claimed by Malaysia based on historical facts.

  34. The disputed L & M blocks were was also claimed by Brunei as their EEZ, but islands under Malaysia still overlap into what Brunei claimed their EEZ (exclusive economic zone, 200 nautical miles).

    Malaysia should have made counteracting claims over this disputed zone....and should not have signed it off just like that!

  35. Malaysian ConspiracyJune 7, 2010 at 11:10 PM

    KUALA LUMPUR, June 7 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today demanded that Datuk Seri Najib Razak explain in Parliament about the surrender of a disputed oil-rich area in the South China Sea to Brunei last year.

    The prime minister has admitted that the oil-rich Blocks L and M off Borneo belong to Brunei, weeks after national oil firm Petronas terminated contracts to develop the disputed oil blocks.

    “I am urging the prime minister state clearly in Parliament in detail about the federal government’s decision in the issue of the surrender of national territories, specifically Blocks L and M to Brunei,” Anwar (picture) said during an adjournment speech in Parliament.

    Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had confirmed on April 30 that Blocks L and M had been “handed over” by the federal government to Brunei.

    “The surrender was completed on March 16, 2009, merely 17 days before YB Kepala Batas stepped down as PM on April 3, 2009,” the PKR de factor leader and parliamentary Opposition Leader said.

    The Permatang Pauh MP claimed that the oil blocks surrender was hidden from public knowledge and only exposed a year later.

    He said the news about the surrender was “shocking” as it involved the “nation’s sovereignty as well as the nation’s maritime and economical interests”.

    “When tabling the 2006 Maritime Border Laws in Parliament, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department YB Padang Renggas said that Malaysia had stated its borders through the announcement of the Malaysian New Map back in Dec 21, 1979.

    “This map was published in two sheets, one for Peninsular and one for Sabah, Sarawak. According to the Sabah, Sarawak sheet, Blocks L and M were within Malaysia’s waters and borders. This was announced officially before Brunei became independent in 1980,” said Anwar.

    Anwar later reiterated to reporters about the points made in Parliament, saying that Najib should shed some light on the details of the surrender which, according to him, “lacked transparency”.

    “We only found out when Murphy Oil was informed by Petronas to stop operations. This is wrong because it affects national interest.

    “At the least we should have a joint development authority pact,” he explained.

    The oil blocks issue first came to light when former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in a blog posting, demanded clarification from Abdullah regarding the status of Blocks L and M.

    Ipoh Timur MP and DAP parliamentary chief Lim Kit Siang has also demanded that a white paper be presented in Parliament on the matter.

  36. Blocks L & M are outside the 200 nautical miles from Brunei and this can be considered disputed zones.

    Islands belonging to Malaysia and based on historical facts, blks L&M is considered withing the Malaysian maritime territory.

    China can also claim it is theirs...South China Sea and its history.

  37. 1. I am glad that Petronas is going to take part in the exploration and production of the two blocks we surrendered to Brunei. That still does not mean we will get much out of the deal.

    2. Wisma Putra should make public the full contents of the agreement signed last year. When we give up what belongs to the people really, the people have a right to know. After all, Abdullah's Government made a point about being transparent, implying of course that the previous Government was not transparent. So let us see transparency in this decision to surrender the peoples' heritage. If as it is claimed we have not lost much, let us know how much is not much.

    3. At the present price of USD83 per barrel (RM249.00), one billion barrels would yield USD 83 billion or RM249 billion. Forget the likelihood that the oil price would increase in future, how much would we get from Petronas' involvement in the production.

  38. Petronas issued order

    According to the Sabah and Sarawak map, Blocks L and M were within Malaysian territorial waters and borders. This was announced officially before Brunei became independent in 1980," said Anwar.

    At a press conference after his speech in Parliament, Anwar said the public only found out about the 'surrender' when the El Dorado, Arkansas-based Murphy Oil said a production-sharing contract (PSC) with Malaysia was terminated it determined that the designated offshore areas were no longer part of Malaysia.

    "We only found out when Murphy Oil was informed by Petronas to stop operations. This is wrong because it affects national interest.

    "At the least we should have a joint development authority pact," said Anwar.

  39. This is 1MalaysiaJune 8, 2010 at 12:44 AM

    who is Anifah Aman to say that Brunei is the rightful owner of Blocks L&M and "revenue sharing" and then saying it is not a matter of how many per cent on how many dollars or cents.

    What is he talking about??? Money and sovereignty matters!

    As a gesture of friendship, we give away our territorial claims to future likewise to Indonesia or the Philippines.

    Malaysia Boleh, Bodoh lah

  40. If Lee Kuan Yew is prime minister of Malaysia, the country will be one of the great dragons of Asia.

    With Umno corrupts ruling Malaysia, see what we have here?

    Corruption, nepotism, racism, religious bias, favouritism, paternalism and the list goes on, but without meritocracy.

    Got it? That is why Malaysia failed!

  41. Malaysia Boleh kaJune 8, 2010 at 1:00 AM

    If Lee Kuan Yew is prime minister of Malaysia, the country will be one of the great dragons of Asia.

    With Umno corrupts ruling Malaysia, see what we have here?

    Corruption, nepotism, racism, religious bias, favouritism, paternalism and the list goes on, but without meritocracy.

    Got it? That is why Malaysia failed!

  42. "How can Mahathir Claim the land in front of
    my house is his?
    The EEZ was Mahathir’s creation
    when History created Brunei.
    The Maps & Globe Specialist is a
    MALAYSIAN Company contracted to
    make this MAP, they don’t question the
    legality of the Map. They just want to
    make sure they get paid.
    (well probably knowing who he is, he can)
    I am eager to see the Malaysian government insisting
    Block L & M belongs to Malaysia. Perhaps send the Malaysian
    Fleet and Submarine to protect the area.
    I am sure the next day we will see the Chinese Armada lining up
    from horizon to horizon with itchy fingers to live test their
    new missile systems (which they build themselves and
    not buying rejects from someone else at highly inflated price).
    I hope this clear things up
    I think Malaysians (especially Mahathir) owe Brunei an apology
    for our own government’s folly."

  43. The current government should fight more for Sabah & its people...its not that they are not fighting, but it is still not enough...

  44. this issue getting more complicated...still blurry...there's lots of truth hidden in this issue...however the agreement has been signed and agreed both country due 'the exchange letter' between Malaysia and Brunei in March 2009... what Brunei says about this? if we hear one side, i afraid it can lead to more misunderstanding.........

  45. The corrupted BN will forever denied what they had done was wrong.

    By all means, they will not the Blks L and M are within Malaysia territory.

    But based on historical facts, these blocks are definitely within Malaysia territory.

    People are not that blind today compared to the past.

  46. Hal ni bukan makin jelas, tapi makin kabur pula... hhhmmm, apa cerita ni???

  47. Hal ni patut diselesaikan segera. Rundingan harus dibuat, tapi kalau tak juga jumpa jalan penyelesaian... hhhmmm, rasanya kita patut tengok depan la, jangan buat silap lagi.

    p/s harap2 semuanya OK.

  48. pls. read this!!!!!!!!!!!!

    we don't need a coal or nuclear power plant!

  49. read this!

  50. Blocks L & M were ceded because Malaysia wants to please Brunei, in the name of 'brotherhood' not because it was in Brunei's maritime territory nor within its EEZ.

    Map shows clearly that Malaysian islands were nearby these blocks and moreover, they are outside its EEZ of 350 nautical miles.

    Gone with the wind!

  51. “The truth is the greatest enemy of the state” wrote the Nazi propagandist, Joseph Goebbels. In the same article he went on to say that “If you tell a big enough lie and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it”. Oh how proud he would be of Musa Aman for, alas, he has put this Goebbels doctrine to the test with an overwhelming record of success.

    In a statement today, former chief minister Datuk Harris Salleh said Sabah should have earned at least US$5 billion (RM16 billion) from the production of oil from Blocks L and M ceded to Brunei, based on its agreement with Petronas.

    Harris also said, however, the state may no longer have the right to demand the amount since both blocks have been ceded to Brunei.

    He also said ” to my knowledge, Murphy Sabah Co Ltd was awarded the two blocks in 2003 worth more than US$100 billion in oil revenue and Sabah is entitled to 5%.”

  52. This issue should be addressed by someone who are expert in international law of the sea, who also happen to be an international relation scholars, & a land & sea surveyor expert...because of the complexity of this problem, there us a need to addressed this issues in scientific & academic point of view...because everybody has their own theory about this, & when these theory being published, the people will going to be confuse, rather than being inform....

  53. In Palestine, its people are willing to die in order to protect their homeland.....but l don't know why in here Malaysia especially the people of Sabah don't want to be united...and fight politically or any other means to protect our state. Due to RM20 to RM100, we're willing to sacrifice our future. This amount of money cannot make us rich, but the number one poorest in Malaysia.

  54. Jusing G Sabran said...

    you forgot to bring up the political struggle inside Palestine authority...

    Even in war torn Palestin, there are actually two political faction which are not aligned; Hamas & Fatah...

    Each of this faction have their own set of struggle, which makes the situation in Palestin even worse...

    The people over there become the victims of their refusal to back out...

    so i dont agree if you use the situation in Palestin as your example of unity...

  55. Sabah can't be compared to Palestine.

  56. Hahaha. That's what you get for the ignorant youngsters and stubborn elders in Sabah.

    They should clap their hands for this.

  57. Not everyone care about the political situation, all they care is to work hard & find money for their no need to throw blames to people....

  58. L & M blocks given away is just like illegal immigrants given ICs in Sabah.