KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 — A group of 47 Opposition MPs have banded together today demanding state-owned oil and gas giant Petronas to pull its investments from Myanmar, until its administration recognises the rights of the Muslim Rohingya minority.
The petition was co-sponsored by PKR’s Rafizi Ramli and fellow party members Datuk Johari Abdul and G Manivanan, Parti Amanah Negara’s Raja Datuk Kamarul Bahrin Ahmad and Khalid Samad, and PAS’ Datuk Dr Nik Mazian Nik Mohamad.
“This petition is to express the wish of 47 MPs from Pakatan Harapan, PAS and Parti Warisan Sabah for Petronas to withdraw from all investments in Myanmar,” Rafizi said in a statement.
The PKR vice-president explained that Petronas’ investments there include the Yetagun gas field in the Andaman Sea, with 12 years left in reserve.
Rafizi said Petronas has also won the bids for several news blocks — M-12, M-13 and M-14 — which are currently in the exploration or development phase, as at the end of 2015.
In addition, Petronas also receives minor revenue from its lubricant sales there.
“I have sent a letter to Petronas president and CEO Tan Sri Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin so MPs who signed the petition can meet him and Petronas management to discuss this matter further,” the Pandan MP said.
Last week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia’s steadfastness in voicing out the Rohingya issue to the superpowers like the United States has to some extent, borne results as the international community has started to pay more attention to the plight of this oppressed ethnic minority group.