Khairy: Reveal Petronas accounts (REALLY?)Posted: June 15, 2008
KOTA KINABALU, June 15 — Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin has called on Petronas to make public the details of its profits, including its sources of revenue.
Khairy said it was not fair that the people had to pay for higher fuel prices without knowing the details of Petronas operations.
“I will bring up the matter in the Dewan Rakyat. The petroleum in Malaysia belongs to the people and Petronas is only the guardian of the natural resources,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after handing over donation totalling RM5,000 from Sabah Umno Youth to Seri Mengasih Centre, a centre for special students here.
He was asked to comment on the march held in Kuala Lumpur on Friday to protest against the recent fuel prices increase.
Khairy, who is Umno Youth vice-chief, said he hoped the government would consider suggestions that Petronas make public its profit details.
He said Petronas should also reveal whether it could afford to pay higher oil royalty to three oil producing states – Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu.
“We should understand that the three states are still lagging in terms of development and should be paid more. We want to know if Petronas can afford to do so,” he said.
On the illegal gathering Friday, Khairy said, Malaysians were against such a gathering.
“But this does not mean that they accepted the government’s decision to reduce the fuel subsidy. I believe the people are still dissatisfied with the decision,” he said. — Bernama
Original article here.
I am NOT buying this.
Of the little that I’ve read about the man, and the little else that I have seen of him in the live broadcasts in Parliament, I have come to have my reserves when it comes to believing what he says.
I remember of an occasion when he said that he is “all for media freedom”, but that was all he ever said on the issue. Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but if someone as “influential” as himself truly wants to see Malaysia have a freer media, surely he shouldn’t stop at just making a statement. Mr. Rembau, you’re a politician. You’re a member of Parliament. You’re the Prime Minister’s son-in-law, cum head advisor. Surely if you mean what you say, there should be some actions to follow.
But no. So far, he has given me the impression that he’s all talk. All hot air.
I repeat myself: Talk is cheap.
And judging from current state of affairs, with Khairy stating to the press that he calls for the Petronas accounts to be made public, I sense that it won’t be happening anytime soon.