Mahathir offers ‘dedak’ to Kelantan

 |Oct 15, 2016
Mahathir has offered oil royalty as his 'dedak' to Kelantan to woo PAS.
Mahathir has offered oil royalty as his ‘dedak’ to Kelantan to woo PAS.

Mahathir Mohamad says that anyone who ‘bribes’ voters or entices them with a reward is giving them dedak.

Anyone who supports or votes for someone or a political party for some form of reward ‘makan dedak’ said Mahathir.

Well, today Mahathir offered the Kelantanese dedak.

In an effort to win the support of the Kelantanese, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has vowed to pay oil royalties to the state government should the Barisan Nasional Federal Government be defeated. “If we win, then we can give the royalties,” said Mahathir.

In November 1999, the opposition coalition, Barisan Alternatif, won the state of Terengganu.

Three months later, in January 2000, Mahathir terminated the oil royalty that the state was entitled to.

The Petroleum Development Act 1974 states as follows:

An Act to provide for exploration and exploitation of petroleum whether onshore or offshore by a corporation in which will be vested the entire ownership in and the exclusive rights, powers, liberties and privileges in respect of the said petroleum, and to control the carrying on of downstream activities and development relating to petroleum and its products; to provide for the establishment of a corporation under the Companies Act 1965 or under the law relating to the incorporation of companies and for the powers of that corporation; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

For this purpose, a national petroleum company was set up called Petroleum Nasional Berhad, or Petronas for short.

In return, the states would be paid a percentage of the petroleum revenue as laid out in Section 4 of the Petroleum Development Act, which says:

In return for the ownership and the rights, powers, liberties and privileges vested in it by virtue of this Act, the corporation shall make to the government of the federation and the government of any relevant state such cash payment as may be agreed between the parties concerned.

In 1976, an agreement was signed between Petronas and all the states in Malaysia.

The man who drew up this agreement was then Solicitor-General Salleh Abas.

This agreement states that any and all states where petroleum is found would be paid 5% of the revenue and that this revenue is to be called royalty.

Since then, Terengganu, Sabah and Sarawak have enjoyed a 5% oil royalty from Petronas.

Then, in 2000, in breach of both the Parliament Act 1974 and the 1976 Agreement, Mahathir cancelled the 5% oil royalty and told Terengganu it will only be reinstated once Barisan Nasional takes back the state.

In 2004, the state fell back into the hands of Barisan National but the 5% oil royalty was not reinstated.

Now Mahathir promises that if Barisan National loses the next general election he would give Kelantan oil royalty.

In the late 1980s, the federal government had approved a budget of RM600 million for the development of water in Kelantan.

In 1990, PAS and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s Semangat 46 won the election and formed the new Kelantan government.

Mahathir immediately cancelled the RM600 million water development budget and told the Kelantanese that if they wanted the money they would have to vote Barisan Nasional in the next election.

Mahathir then said PAS cannot even run Kelantan properly, so how are they going to run Malaysia?

Kelantan had the highest cholera rate in Malaysia and many people were dying of cholera every month because of bad water.

And that was why they needed the RM600 million — so that they could develop their water supply and stop the cholera deaths.

The cholera deaths appeared to be a joke to Mahathir and he used this as the example why PAS is not capable of running the state government.

Mahathir then joked that when you open the taps in Kelantan you do not get water, you get coffee.

That is because the water in Kelantan contains so much silt and impurities that it looks like coffee.

Finally, last month, in September 2016, after 26 years delay, Kelantan at last saw the end of its water woes.

But how many people have had to die from cholera in those 26 years?

Is Mahathir suffering from dementia?

Has he forgotten what he did to Kelantan in 1990 and Terengganu in 2000 to punish them because Barisan Nasional lost those two states?

 Now he wants to bribe them with dedak if they vote against Barisan Nasional … Read More.

Raja Petra Kamarudin or RPK, cousin to the Selangor Sultan, is one of Malaysia's earliest online 'citizen journalists'. He started his website in 1995 before the internet 'explosion' triggered by the Reformasi movement in September 1998. Malaysia Today was launched as a blog in August 2004 and is one of the few pioneer blogs still active and posting articles on a daily basis 24-7. RPK, 66 years old, has been writing since 1990.