The Assistant Minister within the Chief Minister’s Division (Regulation, State-Federal Relations and Undertaking Monitoring) mentioned that Petronas had filed an entry of look and subsequently filed their assertion of defence yesterday.
“Petronas has responded (to the swimsuit) by coming into look and have filed of their assertion of defence yesterday. So the matter shall be dropped at court docket, so now we watch for the court docket to repair the date,” Sharifah Hasidah advised a press convention right now after talking at an ‘Mental Discourse for Bau District’ on the Bau Civic Centre organised by Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep.
She additionally expressed her confidence that Sarawak might win the swimsuit, as Sarawak had “an excellent case and really sturdy case”.
“In fact Petronas would problem (the swimsuit), however I consider we now have case and God keen, we will win this. We’re very assured that we will win as a result of the gross sales tax is our proper beneath the Federal Structure and we’re solely implementing and exercising our rights beneath the Federal Structure.
“We’ve the State Gross sales Tax Ordinance 1998 that clearly offers us the correct to impose tax on commodities, so the state authorities determined to impose the 5 per cent state gross sales tax on petroleum merchandise,” Sharifah Hasidah mentioned.
She didn’t point out the quantity being sought from the nationwide oil firm.
The 5 per cent state gross sales tax was imposed on Jan 1 this 12 months, and it’s mentioned that Petronas is the one oil and gasoline firm working within the state which has not paid the gross sales tax.
On Nov 21, a writ of summons and assertion of claimed had been filed by the Comptroller of State Gross sales Tax and the Sarawak authorities in opposition to Petronas on the Excessive Courtroom registry.