Using the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 1969 as a reason to deny Kelantan its oil royalty is rather pathetic.
Mohd Hafarizam Harun said provision No.7 of the Ordinance stipulated that the state’s boundary which is the state’s land mass and its territorial waters stretched three nautical miles measured from the low-tide water mark. However, two oil wells disputed by the Kelantan state government are located outside the ‘area’.
“To my knowledge, the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 1969 is still in force and has not been abolished by the government. In fact, there are Ordinances formulated at that time, such as ESCAR (Essential (Security Cases) Regulations 1975), which are still in force,” he said.
It makes us wonder why the Ordinance is still in force and not repealed since the incident had lapsed for more than 40 years.
Regardless, Hafarizam should not have used the Ordinance to deny Kelantan a share of the nation's wealth.
It is pathetic to use an archaic Ordinance to justify the federal government 'taiko' (big brother) action against the Kelantan state government.
Tengku Razaleigh is right to call for a review of federal-state government relationship.