Tengku Razaleigh should be applauded commended for urging the federal government to obey and respect the oil royalty payment to Kelantan and other states in Malaysia.
According to the 1974 agreement, the federal government has to pay 5% of total oil revenue recovered within a state borders. Ku Li claimed that the state deserves the oil royalty and not a compassionate fund.
UMNO Kelantan and several party leaders have called for the party to initiate disciplinary action against the veteran politician.
Kelantan Umno Youth has urged the party's Supreme Council to seek explanation from Tengku Razaleigh's over his stand on the oil royalty issue. Its secretary Bazlan Baharuddin said Tengku Razaleigh should be called up by the Supreme Council to explain why he felt that Kelantan deserved the oil royalty.
Gua Musang Wanita Umno division chief Wan Hazani Mohd Nor said the movement was disappointed with Tengku Razaleigh's stand as it would further aggravate the situation.
"Ironically, his (Tengku Razaleigh) stand was different when he was Petronas chairman."
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah's political fate will be determined by the party's management committee meeting tomorrow.
Sadly, the party has picked on the wrong target again. Ku Li is merely a messenger and a witness to the oil royalty agreement because the bill was drafted during his time as the chairman of Petronas.
The reluctance of the federal government to honour its contractual agreement with the oil producing states has created a credibility crisis for the ruling regime.
Ku Li's effort to highlight the right to oil royalty payment is key to our overall efforts to push for more decentralisation from the federal government.
Any disciplinary action taken against the veteran UMNO politician will send a wrong signal to the international community on the federal government's rogue attitude towards its legal obligations.