In return for Petronas` payment agreement, Sarawak would gradually reduce the 5% VAT rate imposed on the oil group, he added. The issue of the PDA is part of Sarawak`s search for rights under the 1963 Malaysian Agreement, which is said to have been eroded. For more than 10 years, activist Zainnal Ajamain has been fighting for an apparently lost fight – to give his home state, Sabah, the rights promised to him under the 1963 Malaysian Agreement (MA63). Nothing was mentioned in the Inter-GovernmentalCommittee report or in the 1963 agreement on Sarawak oil resources in Malaysia. These, of course, entered the state, legally and constitutionally, as did land and other issues such as minerals contained in that country. The agreement refers to the agreement in a joint statement between Petronas and Sarawak on 8 May, when Sarawak agreed to recognize Petronas as the country`s industry regulator in 1974, while Petronas agreed to pay the turnover tax, which both sides had also agreed to, would be lower and staggered in the future. They agreed to join the Malaysian Federation on the basis of the 1963 agreement with Malaysia, which was implemented by the United Kingdom and the Federation. The agreement provided guarantees for Sarawak and Sabah. Today, the Sarawak government is pushing for change, so that it enjoys rights under the 1963 Agreement on Malaysia, including a better share of the oil and gas revenues that are mined in Sarawak waters. Sarawak gained independence from the United Kingdom and was a sovereign state when it joined the Federation of Malaya, Singapore and North Borneo when Malaysia was founded in 1963. During this short period of autonomy, the Sarivas had their own oil resources. Petrona`s lawyer, Datuk Malik Imtiaz Sarwar, said the company will withdraw the complaint by August 3, until an agreement between Petronas and Sarawak is reached. Since then, Sarawak`s opposition MPs have criticized Mr Pakatan for failing to deliver on his promise not only to grant 20% royalties for gross oil production, but also to preserve and restore Sarawak`s rights to the 1963 Malaysian Convention.
SARAWAK came with Sabah, Singapore and Malaya, supposedly equivalent partners, to found Malaysia in accordance with the 1963 Malaysian Agreement (MA63), its territory, including its own continental shelf and all associated resources. KUALA LUMPUR: If Sarawak succeeds in its fight for the re-fighting of its rights under the 1963 Malaysian agreement by the federal government, there will probably be a seismic shift in the way Petronas works there and the share of oil revenues Sarawak receives. “Any concession by the government in its agreement and agreement may contravene the wishes, demands and expectations of the Sarawakians,” they said. “We are very concerned that the agreement between the government of Sarawak and Petronas will have negative and serious financial consequences for the state.