KOTA KINABALU: A minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Datuk Liew Vui Keong, said that it is high time that the new Sabah administration led by Parti Warisan Sabah takes the necessary measures to more effectively manage the oil and gas resources.
He said that, for example, the 1974 Oil Development Act needs to be reviewed and supplemented so that the state government can exercise greater control over the management of its own resources.
"This is in line with the wishes of Pakatan Harapan (PH) of the government and Warisan in order to restore Sabah status as an equal partner (from the peninsula and Sarawak), as announced by Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad on the eve of the Malaysian day of 16 September 2018" said Liew at a dinner party in connection with a lawmaking dialogue with parliamentarians and state assemblies, attended by the Chief Minister of Sabah, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
Regarding the need for legal changes that make entrepreneurs easier to do business in line with the efforts of the government-friendly PH government, Liew said that the outdated laws created during the British colonial era should be reviewed and listed the Licensing Decree of 1948 and the Commercial Transport Decree of 1952.
"This way, the federal government, in cooperation with the state government, will create a special working group to improve operations on the peninsula and Sabah," he said.