The Unspinners, a fast growing new newsbreaker, aggregator and expose blog with huge followings, agreed to the idea of a Royal Commission. In their comment, Dato Najib should heed the advise for several reasons, below:
Ini satu cadangan yang baik untuk Dato Najib ambil tindakan segera supaya tidak timbul tuduhan, andaian dan fitnah. Kenyataan yang dibuat oleh Pak Lah dan Petronas baru-baru ini hanya menimbulkan kemusykilan dan spekulasi. Menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Diraja akan menahan dari pelbagai andaian salah dibuat dan khabar angin merebak.True enough, Nazri's vitriolic remark and Wisma Putra's statement only raised more questions than answering.
Selain itu, dalam menghadapai PRK Sibu, kita tidak mahu orang Sarawak menganggap kerajaan cuba menutup sesuatu dan akhirnya mereka anggap ada pihak memandai memberi negeri mereka kepada negara lain.
Kalah nanti ... dah sedap2 menang dua sederet.
The notably obvious is that when Tun Dr Mahathir made the revelation, the mainstream media tries to hush hush by sweeping it to the 4th page. Wisma Putra's statement which only adds more question was given frontpage coverage.
In Utusan dated May 2nd, Nazri said Government is not stupid to negotiate to lose. During Pak Lah's time, the Government was not stupid. It is far from stupid but plain dumb to the point of being ridiculous. Do you wanna begin to list the loss the nation had to endure under Abdullah Bodowi, Nazri? How about Pulau Batu Putih to help you recover from amnesia?
Please do not attempt to confuse the issue and insult the public intelligence by making a stupid remark to say we did not lose Limbang. For heaven sake, the nation lost Block L & M with the US$100 billion oil reserve. The oil field which is now called Block K & J by Brunei is no joint development but Petronas have to apply to Brunei-Tootal as Contractor?
One wonders if this is another of Pak Lah's typical decision made by Khairy during his daytime sedation?
With regard to Wisma Putra report, forget about reading it in entirety. If you need to, read in Utusan Malaysia here or The Star frontpage below:
Ministry: Two oil-rich blocks claimed by Malaysia now Brunei’sWithout pouring over the content of the report, did anyone realised that Wisma Putra is speaking on behalf of the Brunei Government?
PETALING JAYA: Brunei has sovereignty over the two oil-rich petroleum blocks which Malaysia had earlier claimed ownership to according to international law, Malaysia’s Foreign Ministry said.
A statement issued by Wisma Putra said Brunei was entitled to exercise sovereign rights over the area under the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (Unclos) 1982.
It said Malaysia acknowledged Brunei’s sovereign rights over the area in the Exchange of Letters signed by the two countries, undertaken by then Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and the Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah.
“Malaysia’s oil concession Blocks L and M, which coincided with Brunei’s Blocks J and K, are recognised under the Exchange of Letters as being situated within Brunei’s maritime areas and over which Brunei is entitled to exercise sovereign rights under Unclos,” it said yesterday.
The ministry said the Government terminated the production-sharing contracts over the two blocks to Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and Murphy Oil, which were awarded in 2003 as a result of the 2009 Letters of Exchange.
The letters also provided for the establishment of a commercial arrangement area for oil and gas, where Petronas may join in the exploitation of resources. The ministry said the 2009 Exchange of Letters was the culmination of 20 years of tough negotiations between the two countries.
It said the contents of the Exchange of Letters had been approved by the Malaysian Cabinet, and on which the state governments of Sabah and Sarawak had been briefed and consulted.
Besides solving the issue of the two countries’ overlapping claim over the stretch of the South China Sea and the establishment of the joint commercial arrangements to exploit oil and gas in the area, the 2009 agreement also provided for the final delimitation of maritime and land boundaries between Brunei and Malaysia.
Read the rest in their website here.
If Unclos is dated 1982, are we so dumb not to take that into consideration when we pursue for exploration in 2003? Didn't we had a near skirmishes with the Brunei Navy and later resolved the oil field issue some time back? Why give it away?
More questions ...
- Why is it that the whole deal is not made transparent to the public and only known more than a year with Dr Mahathir's revelation.
- Does it mean there is more such hidden deals and agreements of Pak Lah's that is hidden from the public?
- Does the power on border issues rest only with the Cabinet, which Pak Lah is using for his comfort and defense?
- Should it not involve Parliament, State and Sovereign? In the case of Sarawak, the Sovereign would be the Yang Dipertua Negeri under appointment from Yang Dipertaun Agong.
- Could the public be told openly what did Pak Lah disclose to the Cabinet members that made them gave him the approval?
- Are what was disclose by Pak Lah concurrent with all the terms now? For one, there is no joint development that is being reported. Second, was it Limbang for oil field exchange? If it doesn't tally, the Cabinet could rescind on their approval.
- Still, why did the press conference which Pak Lah claim Limbang issue solved was meant only for Malaysian press and not for Bruneian press?
- When Brunei denied that, why was no reply on pour side?
- Was there really an oil for Limbang deal?
It just proves that any attempt to cover up by revealing only part of the information will only uncover more. Have a Royal Commission. Even the sovereign need to know too!