Abdullah should explain whether he had signed off US$100 billion (RM320 billion) worth of oil rights to resolve Brunei’s claims to Limbang a month before he stepped down as Prime Minister and why

Former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah should explain whether he had signed off US$100 billion (RM320 billion) worth of oil rights to resolve Brunei’s claims to Limbang a month before he stepped down as Prime Minister in March last year and why.

The disclosure by former Prime Minister, Tun Mahathir that there had been such a deal is most shocking and even outrageous, demonstrating how gravely good governance had deteriorated after Merdeka in 1957, as this is something Abdullah’s predecessors as Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak, Tun Hussein and even Tun Mahathir himself, would not have done without proper consent of Cabinet, Parliament and the Malaysian people.

Malaysians would have continued to be kept in the dark of this deal if not for Mahathir’s latest blog entry “Malaysia’s Generosity” yesterday where he disclosed that Malaysia had lost a substantial oil producing offshore area in the South China Sea, namely Block L and Block M.

Mahathir wrote:

“ Block L and Block M had been claimed by Malaysia based on historical facts. Accordingly, Petronas entered into a production sharing contract with Murphy Oil to start drilling to produce oil. It is estimated that the reserves amounted to almost 1 billion barrels.

“ Abdullah Badawi negotiated with the Sultan to get back Limbang in Sarawak. In return he agreed to surrender the two blocks to Brunei. No Petronas representatives were present, only foreign office staff and the foreign affairs adviser to the PM.

“ As we all know Abdullah triumphantly announced that he had settled the Limbang claim with Brunei. No mention was made of the two blocks.

“ Brunei disclaimed that they had agreed to give up Limbang. The foreign office and Abdullah did not rebut Brunei’s statement.

“Now it is made clear that the two blocks are no longer a part of Malaysia.

“ Abdullah has caused Malaysia to lose at least US100 billion dollars (about RM320 billion) of Malaysia’s oil in this agreement.”

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should explain the true situation – whether Abdullah had signed off US$100 billion (RM320 billion) worth of oil rights to resolve Brunei’s claims to Limbang, that Brunei’s claims to Limbang remains unaffected despite Malaysia losing these two blocks of offshore oil areas, and even more important, why the Abdullah Cabinet at the time of which he was Deputy Prime Minister had agreed to such unilateral and arbitrary sell-out of the country’s sovereign rights.

  1. #1 by Yee Siew Wah on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 11:08 am

    This sleep flip flop lame duck guy is a coward who profess himself as religious and fair. But no one knows thatt during his sleep, he used to dream zzzzzzzzzz……..$$$$$$$$$$$$$…. Hope someone will pose in Facebook his supposed to worth m$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ yatch he was suspected to own. Boy it was magnificient indeed.
    Ther goes another M$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ of rakyat hard earned money ended up in some greedy and corrupted politicians who now retired.
    It really never ends.

  2. #2 by k1980 on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 11:17 am

    The whole of Sarawak was Brunei’s before Charles Brooke conned its sultan into parting with it

  3. #3 by Godfather on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 11:21 am

    Isn’t this the usual Malay dilemma ? Sell off land and other assets, spend all the money then cry foul ?

  4. #4 by frankyapp on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 11:27 am

    Wow,this’s pretty interesting especially when it’s coming from the mouth of TDM. I hope former PM A Badawi would come out to clear this allegation.The current PM Najib at the same time should not remain quiet.TDM always claimed of his good credibility,hopefully this time his accusation of Badawi selling of US100 billion worth of oil to Brunie in exchange of settling the Limbang dispute without the consent of the people of malaysia is the truth.

  5. #5 by baochingtian on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 11:58 am

    Needed the money to cover up pot holes before he left office or keeping it for all the by elections?

  6. #6 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 12:19 pm

    Holy cow!

    Now we know Pak Lah is utterly holey in his brains, so full of potholes, I can’t understand how a human bean can be so utterly stupid for a PM.

    And Tun M, thanks again for picking one for his potbelly as your sucessor. Guess, yr brains are equally potholed. And, oh, yours was as much a pot luck administration as AAB. Sigh!

  7. #7 by Bigjoe on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 12:26 pm

    Actually its kind of weird, Badawi did sign the agreement to give up the blocks and came back to announce Brunei gave up claim on Limbang which was refuted and inaccurate because all that was resolved was a method to resolve the boundary claim which was assumed will end up Limbang not part of Brunei. What state of resolution things are have not been announced since.

  8. #8 by PRU13 @ pollkad.com on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 12:30 pm

    Badawi selling of US100 billion worth of oil to Brunie in exchange of settling the Limbang dispute …

    if such a claim is true – then it is a partial payment for practising mahathirism in Msia.

    M responsible for AAB.

  9. #9 by cemerlang on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 12:37 pm

    serahawak is an orphan neglected by her parent. Anyway, once upon a donkey time ago, James Brooke helped the Sultan of Brunei then to defeat the Dayaks. In appreciation, the Sultan gave the whole of serahawak to James Brooke, an ordinary trader magically turned into a rajah / king after he found favour with the sultan. Is it so difficult to understand that or somehow people were and are not happy with the deal ? Then your ancestors should not have given their properties away without a good fight. serahawakians are just too docile.

  10. #10 by dagen on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 1:36 pm

    And that silly ibrahim perkasa did not even realise that he was all these while barking up the wrong tree and chewing the wrong dicky.

  11. #11 by cseng on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 1:43 pm

    If LKS were the PM and struck this deal, he would be immediately labelled as ‘Pengkhianat’, where is the Umnoputra? and
    where is chengho?

    This is bolehland, he has the authority to sign, so what is the problem! more to sign prior next GE. We pay Tax, Tax pay them. We work for the country, the country work for them.

    Not because they are tall, just we bow too low untill it tumbling over. This is not democratic politic, this is politic of prostitution!, politic of ‘tuan’ and ‘hamba’.

  12. #12 by k1980 on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 1:51 pm

    chewing the wrong dicky— omg, how many dickies had he chewed, and whatever happen to their owners?

  13. #13 by -ec- on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 2:28 pm

    if signing off the oil rights in not returning the resolution of limbang dispute, what was the consideration (hadiah) of such act? who pocketed it? why must it be rushed through 1 month before aab stepped down? had it become the pension for a retired politician?

  14. #14 by sheriff singh on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 2:36 pm

    US$ 100 billion Wang Ehsan for the poor people of Brunei Darussalam.

    Mahathir should complain !!!! Didn’t he also wasted US$ 100 billion according to Barry Wain?

    If we did lose the territory, shouldn’t Sarawak state complain about losing its territory?

    What is the implication for our Economic Exclusive Zone? Where are our borders now? Did we lose much, much more economically?

    Isn’t Pak Lah’s action something that should have been approved by Parliament and all the States (we are a Federation) after a full debate?

    The PM surely has no powers to cede territory. Nor has the Cabinet.

    It is an action against the nation’s sovereignty. It may even amount to treason according to my lawyer friend. It is a damn very serious matter.

    Tell it to the people in Sibu !! You got ammo now !!!

    This got to be the mother of all scandals !!! Just think what US$ 100 billion can buy. We could buy off Bill Gates or even Brunei itself !! After all, they got only US$ 45 billion reserves.

    Let Pak Lah tell it all. Maybe there’s a right angle we all missed.

  15. #15 by donplaypuks on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 2:36 pm


    Why only AAB?

    Dr.Mahathir was ADVISOR to Petronas at that time, or has everyone forgotten that little nugget of higly material information??!! Hassan Merican, Dr.M’s handpicked man, was CEO pf Petronas then.

    So, we should have a USA Congress-like open televised RCI hearing where Dr.M, AAB, Foreign Minister, Chief Sec to the Govt and Hassan Merican should all be grilled as to why this news was blocked by the MSM when the Limbang deal was announced by AAB 2 years ago.

    Saw how Gldman Sachs’s CEO and top execs were made accountable for nearly bankrupting USA?

    One other important question – who did the Brunei Govt award the oil extraction contract after cancelling that of Murphy/Petronas? This may be higly relevant to understanding why AAB kept silent about the whole deal.

    we are all of 1 race, the Human Race

  16. #16 by k1980 on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 2:41 pm

    Dol: Maaf lah, I was sleeping when I signed off the rights…. so sleepy then…. so much work, holding 3 portfolios of Prime, Home and Finance Minister…. and trying to prevent Pakatan Rakyat from taking over….sleepy, sleepy

  17. #17 by alto_saxed on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 3:07 pm

    Firstly, Che Det blog was not the first to disclose the Block L & M issue. The first to disclose this issue was http://romerz.blogspot.com/ titled as “losing territories” and later reported in Malaysia Today. Dr M must have been informed of the issue in Malaysia Today and was shocked of the implications as he is the Advisor to Petronas. This matter was reported in the news on Apr 22, Dr M could have made lots of noise then but kept quiet till the cat was out of the bag. Dont give the cunning old racoon too much credit.

  18. #18 by Loh on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 3:09 pm

    ///“ Block L and Block M had been claimed by Malaysia based on historical facts. Accordingly, Petronas entered into a production sharing contract with Murphy Oil to start drilling to produce oil. It is estimated that the reserves amounted to almost 1 billion barrels.

    “ Abdullah Badawi negotiated with the Sultan to get back Limbang in Sarawak. In return he agreed to surrender the two blocks to Brunei. No Petronas representatives were present, only foreign office staff and the foreign affairs adviser to the PM.///-Mamakthir

    Blocks L and M had been claimed by Malaysia, but whether they belong to Malaysia might be subject to dispute. Malaysia also laid claims to south sea islands except that it has not contacted Murphy Oil to explore oil.

    Brunei claimed Limbang. If it was an exchange of Limbang with Blocks L and M, it might be better to have the land than the underground resources. At least the RM100 billion bought Malaysia Limbang compared to the RM100 billion wasted by Mamakthir. Mamaks refused to sell sand and equates sand with land. Mamaks claimed that he did the right thing, but I do not agree. Similarly he did not agree with what AAB was said to have done. I thought it was great. Sometimes it costs much more to obtain much less land, such as through war. What are to be produced on the surface of Limbang could be more that what are available in the undeground of Block L and M. Some great Malaysians born and bred in Limbang might produce much more that worth the oil beneath blocks L and M. Mamak always thinks that what other did differently from him must be wrong. I hold too the view that whatever mamak said cannot be right.

  19. #19 by limkamput on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 3:10 pm

    Look, it is not just AAB. Brunei has always been more “powerful” than Malaysia for whatever the reasons. Just look at Brunei’s claim of oil fields off its coast. We are either stupid or corrupted to the core to allow a ball size country to dictate to us so much.

    Of course the resident odd ball will think that I am refering to his.

  20. #20 by k1980 on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 4:03 pm

    Look at his mug. Isn’t he the type of bloke to sign away USD100 billion?


  21. #21 by yhsiew on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 5:00 pm

    ///In return he agreed to surrender the two blocks to Brunei……///

    That is blatant mismanagement of national resources and unfortunately, BN is very “good” at doing that.

  22. #22 by Godfather on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 6:29 pm

    The old fox Mamakthir knew about this scandal long ago, but he chose to keep quiet and to select the timing of his disclosure. There has to be some behind-the-scenes bargaining now for Mukhriz’s rise to the top of UMNO.

  23. #23 by dagen on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 6:35 pm

    Mismanagement, yhsiew? Dont be so sure. It smells of abuse to me. Dont you think there is kickback involved? I believe there is. The going rate for kickback (common knowledge) is 10%. So the kickback sum will work out to be a cool USD10b. Of course sleepy head has to share the loot with a train load of other greedy idiots.

    A 14yr old boy was shot to death for attempting to run away. And what would happen to those who sell our country? 1700 HS folks told us that it is ok. They said it is alright for umno to plunder the country and to shoot young children.

    Sibu folks, what is your say?

  24. #24 by Loh on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 6:37 pm

    ///This got to be the mother of all scandals !!! Just think what US$ 100 billion can buy. We could buy off Bill Gates or even Brunei itself !! After all, they got only US$ 45 billion reserves. ///– Sheriff Singh

    Not so fast! It is only said that Malaysia claimed the right to the oil. There could be counter-claim, and we might just lose, like the small islet south of Singapore.

    Let us assume Malaysia insists on exploring and producing oil. The 1 billion barrels was just an estimate. The oil reserve might be just a fraction of that number. Even if oil is produced, at a quarter million barrel a day, or 90 million barrels a year, the revenue might be US 7 billion but what goes to the government might be a billion. It will take a hundred years to obtain that 100 billion. By that time Malaysia might have changed hand.

    The land in Limbang does not have a value since Malaysia said that it would not sell sand because it equates to selling land. So Malaysia would not sell land at any price. In that case, it should be willing to buy land at any price. One hundred billion furture value works out to be much less at present value. AAB, if he did what was said, actually was making a good decision. It was much better than approving a crooked bridge weeks before mamakthir was leaving his post

  25. #25 by Godfather on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 6:37 pm

    Badawi’s press statement today was soooooooo stup!d of the guy. He did not deny that he gave away the two blocks to Brunei. Instead, he chose to say that in exchange for Brunei getting the two blocks, Malaysia won the rights to co-develop “on a commercial basis” the two blocks for the next 40 years.

    What does that mean ?

  26. #26 by alto_saxed on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 8:01 pm

    The Sleepy Head has put his foot in his mouth. Petronas could have jointly developed the 2 blocks like what Petronas did for Thailand (that is another story as it involves the oil royalty to Kelantan). The area is called MTJDA (Malaysia Thai Joint Development Area) where Malaysia and Thailand are equal partners. MTJDA was debated and approved in Parliament. Sleepy head had no rights to sign away such sovereign rights without the approval of Parliament.
    Normally, where joint development is the choice for the exploration and development, they form a Joint Operating Company (JOC) for the blocks. Malaysia and Vietnam has a CA (Commercial Arrangement) where both are equal partners for the development of the Block without either having sovereign claims for the Block. Malaysia could have chosen to have a CA with Brunei on the 2 Blocks.
    Alledgedly, Petronas will get a paltry figure of 10% from the new arrangement with Brunei. It is a far cry from 50% if Petronas was to jointly develop the Blocks with Brunei.
    Something is wrong somewhere, we gave away the sovereign rights to the block for joint commercial rights which are less than what we will get if we did a CA or JOC. Sleepy Head can’t count or does he have another agenda.

  27. #27 by Godfather on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 8:04 pm

    It would appear that Malaysia gave away the two blocks, and acknowledged that sovereignty now resides with Brunei. The development rights will then be worked out between the two nations, which means that if commercial terms are not agreed, then Brunei still has exclusive rights to the two blocks.

    Strange style of negotiation….

  28. #28 by alto_saxed on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 8:42 pm

    Land is always a State matter under the juridiction of the Menteri Besar or Chief Minister. Federal has no right to sign away the sovereign rights of the 2 Blocks which belong to the state of Sabah.

  29. #29 by kpt99 on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 9:50 pm

    Tun Mahatir quickly implemented the 5 billion ppsmi before he step down in 2003.Tun Abdullah sell of oil rcih areas to Brunei in exchange for their claim on Limbang -320 billion.Hebat Malaysia PM,semua ada Jalan maing-masing.Najib will sell Iskandar to singapore before he step down.

  30. #30 by vsp on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 11:18 pm

    I will bet you that Nazri will call Mahathir a complete moron. Counting …

  31. #31 by vsp on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 11:37 pm

    Adbullah, sue Mahathir RM1 billion for lying. I am sure Najib was in your cabinet and he will support you to the hilt. If you dare not, then what Mahathir said is true.

  32. #32 by vsp on Friday, 30 April 2010 - 11:57 pm

    So what’s next on the table? sell Johore to Singapore to prevent the bankruptcy of Bolehland; give Sabah back to Indonesia for free to prevent an attack from the millions of trojan horses now residing in the state; give back Perlis, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu back to the Thais to prevent an invasion of the Red shirts? Is there anything that is not impossible in Bolehland?

  33. #33 by monsterball on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 12:26 am

    Lim Suck Ass comment is so plain and simple…to understand..thinking insulting my intelligence will make others think…how smart he is.
    Yes…Lim Such Ass…SUCKS!!

  34. #34 by monsterball on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 12:37 am

    HAHAHAHAHAHA…Pak Lah tried to bribe Sultan of Brunei…to give Limbang back to Malaysia?
    Brunei took the bribe and still keep Limbang…getting Mahathir hoping mad?
    Why M put that idiot in as PM and he knows exactly what he was doing…except backfired….like all his previous 4 ex Deputy PMs.
    Mamak never stop complaining and blame himself and always try to divert attentions…making sure Malaysians will forget he is the biggest double headed and dirtiest politician in Malaysia. right now.
    Malaysians lost so much under him and now..under Najib.
    Who cares!!
    We just want to focus and to vote UMNO BARU out.

  35. #35 by monsterball on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 1:05 am

    Malaysia sure gone down the drain…since Mahathir took over.
    Compare the difference ..before he became the PM.
    Killing off the original “UMNO” to become “UMNO BARU” making himself as the first member and indirectly..sacking Tunku Abdul Rahman…our Papak Malaysia…supported by the present crooks…speak volumes of present UMNO BARU politicians against the old ones.
    Few who love the original “UMNO” sacrifices themselves..to join the den of robbers and thieves…to see what are they up to.
    It takes Tunku Ritthauddin to be brave and poke out..”.UMNO BARU is corrupted to the core”…..getting no one dares to disagree with him…treat him like nobody…when he actually is a somebody…right now in UMNO BARU.
    Having understand the root of all evils…planted by Mahathir…all Malaysians need only to make up their minds.
    Is Mahathir clean as a whistle…or is he the most corrupted .the dirtiest PM we ever had…to disunite Malaysian…breaking all Malaysians will powers and submit to his whims and fancies…making himself a Dictator…for 28 years.
    Yes…that strong foundation was set up by Mahathir…making all Ministers filthy rich and multi millionaires…daringly…as commissions and getting tenders approved with unbelievable overpriced items..all approved and legal too.
    Najib and his band of robbers and thieves cannot change. They must be exactly like Mahathir slaves..to survive.
    What we are seeing are shows and acting..to keep fooling Malaysians…with the advantage to still govern the country with their slim majority…after 12th GE.
    What matter most is the coming 13th GE.

  36. #36 by pjoke on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 2:46 am

    This story won’t go anywhere lah…soon no one will be writing about this…same old same old. I’m ashamed we have lousy media who just report things as it is! I bet both Najib and Pak Lah must have shared the pot of gold, and our great Tun M, simply got jealous! Sick as always and majority of Malaysian are making….. (you know what). I’m tired of completing the sentence.

  37. #37 by boh-liao on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 4:14 am

    Hey, don’t forget, for his great service (including this TREASON act) he was made a TUN, or is it a confimed NUT
    Wonder what else did he sign off dat we r not aware of? Can SIL tell us?
    N d big fat Perkasa blamed nonMalays 4 d sad state of this nation

  38. #38 by boh-liao on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 4:18 am

    D difference between where M’sia n S’pore r 2day
    Incompetent n visionless Umnoputras

  39. #39 by alto_saxed on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 10:31 am

    According to Bernama, Sleepy head said that the decision was approved by Cabinet. http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsindex.php?id=494779

    Now what we have is a whole bunch of idiots running the country. There you have it MCA, MIC, and all the YES men.

    Demand a Royal Commission as the Agong and the Council of Rulers will also want to know the Sovereignity of the Blocks in question.

  40. #40 by alto_saxed on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 10:48 am


    Now its reported as a Commercial Agreement (CA) with Brunei. Sleepy head doesnt know what he is talking about. Malaysia has a CA with Vietnam and it didnt involve any country giving up the sovereign rights over the Blocks.

    What happens after the 40 years and with new technology there is more oil down there?

    What about fishing and maritine rights?

  41. #41 by on cheng on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 10:57 am

    Next other countries can just buy ‘anything’ from bolehland,
    bolehland = real shopping centre of the world!! semua boleh di urus!!

  42. #42 by on cheng on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 11:14 am

    In future, as technology progress, maybe possible n viable to do deep sea mining for gold, tin, copper, iron, harness wave energy, energy from under seabed seismic activities etc??
    How then??

  43. #43 by monsterball on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 11:17 am

    Sleepy head said approved by the cabinet This means….. MCA MIC Gerakan are involved.
    We know..particularly.. Ling Liong Sik was supporting Mahathir’s stealing of billions…keeping quiet..while he dig into the kitty too…help himself and make sure Chinese are happy with the TAR college..same style like Mahathir…steal and find an idea…how to please Malays…to divert attentions.
    Those are the typical crooks methods..to cheat…rob and steal…then so call good news for all….practiced for decades..and like magicians…their secrets are revealed…one by one.
    Now we know how magicians perform their tricks…and don’t forget…Mahathir brought in David Copperfield to perform one night for RM1 million …guaranteed by the government.
    There are many little signs thrown here and there that ordinary Malaysians cannot see to expose Mahathir…by Mahathir…subconsciously….not knowing he is revealing……he is a crook.
    That’s why…some smart commentators know he is a NUT with a TUN title.
    But the actual fact…TUN title was to protect him from being arrested.It seems no one can arrest a TUN…under UMNO BARU laws.
    But change of government…TUN or no TUN..all men are equal to the eyes of the laws.

  44. #44 by Loh on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 5:01 pm

    AAB said that Malaysia retains the right to co-develop Block L and M for 40 years. If the 1,000 million barrels oil reserves is true, then to empty it in 40 years, the yearly output is 25 million or 70,000 barrels a day. after that the two blocks are not useful, other than for fishing rights, perhaps. But the 3, 980 square Kilometres of Limbang would still be part of Malaysia.

    It is not possible to sell off Limbang by politicians. But the revenues gained from Blocks L and M are in the hands of Petronas before passing over to the government, and even after the transfer, those money might end up in the hands of cronies, or commissions for more submarines.

    If the off sea resorces are claimed by the governments based on the coastline, Blocks L and M cannot belong to Malaysia since Limbang does not extend to the coast, and Limbang is claimed by Brunei. Historical records at the time when off-sea resources could not be exploited would not have said that Block L and M belong to Sabah or Sarawak. When Brunei considered that she had the right to claim Limbang, Brunei must have some historical records too. If Limbang is awarded to Brunei, Blocks L and M cannot remain with Malaysia, and Brunei does not have to agree to joint venture with Malaysia.

    AAB said that the Cabinet approved the deal on 16 Febryary 2009. AAB used the Cabinet in the way Mamakthir used it in the past. In this particular case, it was a good decision.

    Mamakthir criticized AAB for his decision as PM. Surely others can criticize mamakthir for his decision as PM too. But mamakthir hopes that Najib get involved in negative light so that the junior Mamak gets a rise in UMNO hierachy.

  45. #45 by alto_saxed on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 6:42 pm

    The question of Block L & M sovereignity should have been left to the courts like Sipadan and Pulau Batu Putih. Why give it up? Its a bad precedent set by the Federal Government.

    Technology changes may make future oil discoveries possible in Block L & M or extend the life of the present fields. Why only 40 years why not in perpetuity for commercial agreement. At least future oil discoveries may still belong to Malaysia.

    The Federal “Kitchen” Cabinet sold out the people of Sabah.

    When you celebrate Ka’amatan this May remember its the most expensive rice harvest festival ever. RM 320 billion

  46. #46 by Loh on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 7:47 pm

    ///Brunei, a tiny monarchy surrounded by Malaysia’s eastern states of Sarawak and Sabah, awarded exploration rights in one offshore block to French oil firm Total and another to the Royal Dutch Shell Group. But Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas awarded identical acreage to US firm Murphy Oil and its own subsidiary, Petronas Carigali. — AFP///–http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/Money/Story/STIStory_521467.html

    The two blocks were in dispute since 2003, and no production ever took place since that date. That dispute can continue forever. It could also be settled through force. The unsubmergable submarine might win Malaysia the war. AAB did not notice the capability of Malaysian armed forces then, perhaps.

    Mamakthir could only complicate matters. His policy ended with water flowing into the sea rather than be converted into cash. He considers sand equivalent to land. The Limbang sand would have fetched a lot of money, if Limbang is turned into a lake, still belong to Malaysia, with the sand sold.

    The oil under Block L and M, or Ca1 and Ca2 referred to by Brunei will stay underground forever, if there was no agreement to settle the dispute.

    Mamakthir said that PERKASA was created in response to demands by non-Malays. The Chinese asked the government to be reasoable and SuQiu group was branded communists. In the days where discrimination is outlawed by international convention, Malaysians of the discriminated races are not allowed even to request for fairplay. The more racist among the racist organization gets the support of a former Prime Minister of the country. Is this not a failed state?

  47. #47 by cemerlang on Saturday, 1 May 2010 - 11:50 pm

    Poor people of Brunei ? The Sultan of Brunei is one of the richest men in the world. Why should any of his rakyat be poor ? Is Limbang ever a Malaysian land ? If it is not, then let it stay a Brunei territory. Afterall, there is not much value in that forever small town. What makes Limbang so valuable that it has to be exchanged with oil deposits ? What is wrong is there is no clear official legal ruling over the territory and that is why till today people are still fighting over the control. Don’t tell us that even Sabah is in limbo. Does she actually belong to somebody else ? And what will you exchange her for ? May be Malaysia should go to the international court and clearly state out her territories. It does not make sense that after so many years, the problem still exists.

  48. #48 by monsterball on Sunday, 2 May 2010 - 10:17 am

    Do not pay attention to that sick old corrupted fut that when he speaks…it is also with selfish ulterior motives….to protect himself..his son…or to tell half truths…promoting his UMNO BARU.
    This truly devil reincarnated …the dirtiest UMNO BARU politicians…the founder of his own dirt and filthy corrupted party that needs to kill off the original party…founded by Tunku ..speaks volumns of this most ungrateful man in Malaysia.
    He call all himself a devoted Muslim…makes UMNO BARU encourages hypocracies and cunningness…that he had shown to his members…. how to become one..with his art to twist and tell half truths.
    This true Devil’s faithful son will live long and healthy…as the Devil is controlling Malaysia…right now.
    However…the angel of TRUTHS…is guiding minds and souls…to be strong and clear to fight all evils with no fear.
    At last….you can see the Devil’s son openly use money to buy votes in Hulu Selangor and won the election.
    Lets see Najib repeat his performance in Sibu.
    Yes…Najib is in Sibu…to visit 3 Chinese schools…and you can expect …what come next.
    Let it be.
    The bottom line is the13th GE..not by elections…and the result in Hulu Selangor spells more voters vote for PR…than UMNO BARU..that is if you know how to analyse and know all facts.
    Mahathir.. destroyed..revenge and protect his position with no second thought for dignity and principles in life.
    Adopted son…bribe and kill.
    Let the young Malaysians choose their destiny.

  49. #49 by on cheng on Sunday, 2 May 2010 - 12:37 pm

    Maybe Brunei Navy threatened to invade, so maybe AAB should be credited for avoiding a war, which may cost thousands of lives.
    If really the 2 blocks were in dispute from the beginning, then should go to Inter Court, Hague, like Sipadan, n Batu Putih, how can quietly settled by just giving up??

  50. #50 by Loh on Sunday, 2 May 2010 - 1:01 pm

    Brunei has denied that she has given up the right to Limbang. AAB could not claim that the Limbang dispute has been settled.

    The immediate question is whether Block L and M belongs to Malaysia assuming that there is no dispute on Limbang to be part of Sarawak. From the map, it appears that Limbang does not reach the coast line. So Brunei controls the sea frontage oppositie to the Blocks she calls CA1 and CA2. Assuming that Limbang has indeed a small sea frontage. That would only be a small percentage compared to those owned by Brunei. Was the claim by Malaysia, through its agreement awarding Murphy Oil the contract, based on the vicinity to the coast of Sabah and Sarawak north and south of Brunei or was it based on the sea frontage of Limbang?

    Was it a bullying tactic in claiming Block CA1 and CA2?

  51. #51 by cemerlang on Sunday, 2 May 2010 - 2:07 pm

    We are living in the 21st century and yet behaving like our ancestors in the 1st century. There is a need for the international court to settle all territory disputes around the world. It can only be a black area belong to one country and a white area belonging to another country. There should not be any grey areas being fought by more than one country. It looks like there are so many grey areas around the world that look like gambling tables for the gamblers to win, loose and gamble on. Is this done on purpose just for the fun of it ? The United Nation should see to all this. The days when men were truely peaceful are gone. Nowadays men are greedy. Therefore there must some form of legal understanding so that the one who is bullied have the means to fight back. Nah. Second thought. Let us have a one world order. Now who said that before ? Just imagine after all these years, we are given the impression that somehow Malaysia is not truely made up of 14 genuine states and that somehow some of her land does not belong to her. Thanks for educating me. Then don’t complain about Limbang to the serahawak government. Do not complain about Limbang to the Malaysia government. All Limbang people should go back to the Sultan of Brunei.

  52. #52 by Loh on Sunday, 2 May 2010 - 6:53 pm

    The pattern is clear. Just before Mamakthir stepped down, he approved the crooked bridge so that Malaysia would be in conflict with Singapore. AAB made the government paid hundreds of million RM as compensation to the crony, and stopped the crooked bridge. AAB was criticized for being weak for not pursuing the senseless bridge building.

    Petronas might not have the right to explore the oil reserve under what Brunei called CA1 and CA2. Having found substantial oil reserve off the coast of Brunei, an agreement was made with Murphy Oil as if that two blocks belong to Malaysia, in 2003. There had not been any oil produced from the two blocks, and it seems that the blame now should also be directed to AAB. Why should AAB agree that Brunei has the right to the two blocks if Malaysia had the undisputed right to them. Can we be so naive as to believe that AAB had agreed to a service agreement with Brunei to have the ownership of the two blocks transferred to Brunei? Some said that the matter should be resolved by the international court in Hague. That is true when Malaysia has a case. The only person who said the two blocks belong to malaysia was Mamakthir who in 2003 created the dispute between Brunei and Malaysia. I suppose he expected AAB to bully Brunei and go to war. It is of course good to have own the two blocks, if Brunei is part of Malaysia. It makes no sense to rob Brunei of the oil reserve.

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