Malaysian Ambassador to Myanmar met MOEE to convey PETRONAS’s decision on Yetagun gas project

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PUTRAJAYA APRIL 8: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed that the meeting of the Ambassador of Malaysia to Myanmar at the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) in Nay Pyi Taw on 7th April 2021 was not related to the State Administration Council (SAC).

The Ministry in its statement said, the meeting does not construe a recognition or otherwise of the State Administration Council.

“The meeting was held to convey to the MOEE the decision of PETRONAS Carigali Myanmar (Hong Kong) Limited (PCML), a subsidiary of PETRONAS, to suspend temporarily the upstream operations of Yetagun gas project,” said the statement here today.

The statement added, the Ministry’statement is referring to the media inquiries about the Malaysian Ambassador, Zahairi Baharim meeting Aung Than Oo in Myanmar’s capital Nay Pyi Taw on 7th April 2021.

As quoted by FMT today, Klang MP, Charles Santiago said the meeting had sent mixed messages at a time when the rest of Southeast Asia was working to find a solution to the political unrest in Myanmar.

“It sends the wrong message to ASEAN because other countries will think that while we talk about the rule of law, a return to democracy, etc, here is our ambassador doing something else,” Charles Santiago told FMT, adding that the visit seemed to offer legitimacy to the regime.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its statement emphasized that Malaysia’s position on Myanmar is clear and consistent.

“We have persistently called for an immediate end to violence, unconditional and immediate release of political detainees and resumption of an inclusive dialogue involving all concerned parties for a political transition and peaceful settlement of the ongoing crisis in the interest of Myanmar and her people.

“We will continue our constructive engagements with all concerned parties towards this end,” said the statement. –Malaysia World News

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