The bomb released by Tun Dr Mahathir on the Limbang should be frontpage news but the news editor are still restraining themselves. Perhaps, they are poking for more information on the Agreement.
Pak Lah has issued a statement yesterday. It was dessiminated through Bernama, The Star and intrestingly, The Malaysian Insiders. TV3 was the TV that broadcasted Pak Lah's denial. Dato Farid Redhuan is still there. He has not left the station.
In brief he is said, the block L and M has nothing to do with settling the Limbang issue. Instead, Malaysia had acknowledged that block L and M is part of Brunei's Economic Exclusive Zone. Malaysia would be part of a commercial arrangement or an agreed joint development of the block. He further explained that before signing the Exchange of Letter with the Sultan of Brunei dated March 16 2009, he had received the Cabinet approval on February 2009.
The Malaysian Insider reported here that the letter basically agreed to the principle of drawing the land and sea boundary between Brunei and Sarawak.
There is still something mysterious about the statement.
Coming from The Malaysian Insiders, Pak Lah statement has opposition backing Kalimullah's spin written all over. Furthermore, why is it opposition politician Sheryll Stothard still holed up in Petronas Tower this morning?
Sources said that Dato Shamsul had received a call from Dato Najib in which he was instructed to resolve Sheryll's issue. In not so many words, Dato Shamsul should understand that the tone in Najib's voice means get rid of her.
Was the message lost in translation? Because as at 9:30 am this morning, Anwar's spy-cum-mole, Sheryll Stothard was in Tower 1 Petronas preparing on the Press Release at the Corporate Comminication office on the Limbang issue.
Equally alarming is that The Malaysian Insider had pressed them earlier for a press release before it is written. How the hell did MI knows of Petronas releasing a press release?
Comparing MI's report with that of other media on Pak Lah's press release yesterday, it is noticably more detailed including a map with the Brunei Exclusive Economic zone drawn on it. (See below)
MI getting a map that has the oil blocks shows they got it from within Petronas and it shows preferential treatment over other mainstream media.
However, there is something strange about the map.
If it is written as Block L and M with Malaysia written in the bracket, why was the Brunei Exclusive Zone line drawn? Brunei called the two Block as Block J and K. The new identification is CA1 and CA2.
Malaysia has all along claimed that historically both block falls within our boundary. That explains for the reason Petronas pursued exploration there with Murphy Oil. Drilling had commenced since 2003.
And, Pak Lah claimed that the Limbang issued was settled back in March last year but was denied two days later by Brunei. Since Pak Lah's Agreement gave in to giveaway the two blocks to Brunei, how can he deny that the two blocks were not given away in exchange for dropping claim on Limbang.
The Petronas statement was clearly seen to substantiate the message that Malaysia did not lose out in the US$100 billion oil field because now we are "sharing" with Brunei.
How can he say we did not lose out when before our idiot mantan sign away the oil fields? The oil field that is historically justified as within our boundary for us to commence exploration and production is wholly ours for the take. Now we have to share!
The second mystery is why Petronas is invited if a mutually agreed arrangement already made or as The Star described as joint development? One wonders what are the Malaysian companies securing contracts now that the main contractor is not Petronas but a Brunei-French company?
Knowing Pak Lah's extensive practise of nepotism and cronyism, one can suspect that Scomi or some newly incorporated companies of Kalimullah's can have access to such contracts without having to go via Petronas for disclosure.
If so, isn't that smart?
Another backdoor method to secure Petronas via giving away our territory. If indeed so, Scomi and Pak Lah's cronies will be comfortable for the next 40 years. Khairy will have sufficient fund to defend his post, in case he has to defend against Ezam.
If true, it is a treacherous act of sacrificing our national boundary in exchange for personal wealth.
In case someone is saying, A Voice is being paranoid to accuse Dato Shamsul of defying Najib's instruction, see this extract from here below:
“Petronas has set up a team that has begun negotiations with Brunei to work out the terms for this commercial arrangement. Both parties are committed to arriving at a mutually beneficial arrangement as soon as possible,” said the unsigned statement issued by the Corporate Communications Department.If Sheryll is still legally allowed there, she would be putting her name in that press release. Now that her presence is an issue, the statement is left unsigned.
This is clear evidence that Dato Shamsul is taking this lightly. Petronas communique is made by someone who is supposed to not be there but also is orchestrated by an opposition backing businessmen cum former journalist (not even acknowledged as a former editor)
This is dangerous. Petronas is compromising security and sharing official secrets with an "enemy".
Hen pecked Dato Shamsul has actually put up a smoke screen but have not sacked Sheryll. Does he not realised that not only Sheryll but her family member's involvement in activities that could jeopardise Petronas interest? Her latest colloboration with Kalimullah is not conducive to Petronas.
We await a statement from Dato Shamsul to state his position. Otherwise, he may have to go.
* Edited 8:00 AM 5/3/10