Statement By Tun Abdullah Ahmad
Badawi On Two Oil Exploration Fields
KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 (Bernama) -- Following is a statement issued by
former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on the exchange of letters
between Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam dated March 16, 2009.
STATEMENT BY FORMER PRIME MINISTER TUN ABDULLAH AHMAD BADAWI ON THE
EXCHANGE OF LETTERS BETWEEN MALAYSIA AND BRUNEI DARUSSALAM DATED 16 MARCH
The Exchange of Letters between the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the
Sultan of Brunei signed on 16 March 2009 represents an agreement between
the two countries to take certain specific steps which will finally
establish a permanent land and sea boundary between Malaysia and Brunei.
Regarding the land boundary, both sides agreed to undertake a joint survey
to demarcate the agreed boundary which shall be final and permanent. This
work shall be carried out in two ways.
First, the joint survey will confirm on the ground the boundary in five
sectors which had already been established by previous agreements in
1920,1931,1933 (two separate agreements) and 1939.
Second, in other sectors where no land boundary agreements exist as yet,
the joint survey shall determine the land boundary on the basis of the
When the entire land boundary demarcation exercise is completed, there
will be established a final and permanent boundary between Sarawak on the
Malaysian side and Brunei on the other side. When this is accomplished,
there will no longer be any land boundary dispute between Brunei and
Malaysia as a whole. This long standing issue, which had existed in the
past as an irritant in the relations between Malaysia and Brunei, will be
settled without any disadvantage for Malaysia.
Regarding the maritime area, Malaysia and Brunei also agreed to establish
a final and permanent sea boundary. This agreement serves to settle
certain overlapping claims which existed in the past which included the
area of the concession blocks known before as Block L and Block M.
Sovereign rights to the resources in this area now belongs to Brunei.
However, for this area the agreement includes a commercial arrangement
under which Malaysia will be allowed to participate, on a commercial
basis, to jointly develop the oil and gas resources in this area for a
period of 40 years. The financial and operational modalities for giving
effect to this arrangement will be further discussed by the two sides.
This means that in so far as the oil and gas resources are concerned, the
agreement is not a loss for Malaysia.
In my capacity as the Prime Minister of Malaysia, I signed the Exchange of
Letters with the Sultan of Brunei after the Malaysian Cabinet approved the
deal on 11 February 2009.
PUTRAJAYA 30 April 2010