Bidayuh oil and gas veteran picked as Petros CEO, industry sources say

OIL industry veteran Saau Kakok is expected to head Sarawak-owned Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) after months of searching for a chief executive officer, industry sources say.

Saau, who was former special projects vice-president for Asia of the US-based independent oil company Hess Corporation, is the man Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has headhunted for the job and was not among the numerous applicants for the post, they said.

The 64 year-old is one of only a handful of Bidayuh oil and gas executives holding very senior positions in a multi-national petroleum company.

According to his profile on his LinkedIn page, he resigned from his vice-president position at Hess at the end of last year.

Abang Johari on Sunday said he has found “the right person for the job” and gave only one hint – that the person was a Bidayuh with experience in oil and gas industry.

The Bidayuh are the second largest of state’s ethnic tribes.

Petroleum-rich Sarawak formed Petros last year amid long-standing unhappiness over the 5% oil and gas royalty the state receives from the federal government. Sarawak has been demanding that the amount be increased to 20%.

The state government said Petros would be of “equal status” as national oil company Petronas and was meant to protect Sarawak’s interest in the industry by allowing it to participate in upstream oil and gas development, particularly in the exploration and extraction of oil and gas within Sarawak waters.

Oil and gas executives have told The Malaysian Insight that Saau was indeed picked for the job as the native of Ulu Padawan, located just outside Kuching the state capital, was a person with vast experience in the industry.

“It’s Saau. We are positive it’s him as he has been having a few meetings with Petros board chairman Hamid Bugo over the position this week,” an executive said.

Saau joined Hess in 2011 as vice-president of global new business development.

He completed his tertiary education at University of Malaya, graduating with honours in a Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1977.

Like many Sarawakians, he first joined the oil and gas industry via Shell.

His LinkedIn page stated his last position at Shell as vice-president of Shell EP International Ltd, a position he held from 2007 to 2009.

In Hess, Saau has held several positions including vice-president for Asia-Pacific, as a director in Hess Malaysia and Thailand Ltd, in Hess Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd and in Hess (Indonesia-South Sesulu) Limited.

He was with the London-based Hess (Indonesia-South Sesulu) Ltd from January 2014 to December 31, 2016.

Wilfred Nissom, one of his former teachers at the Dragon Secondary School (later renamed SMK Tun Abdul Razak), described Saau as “very sharp but quiet and humble”.

He also remembered Sauu as being a good athlete who had represented the school as a long-distance runner in inter-school sports meets.

The Malaysian Insight was also told by industry sources that the “humble” Saau had expressed that he was not good enough for the job and had asked Hamid to look for someone else.

Last November, Hamid said the Petros board was in the midst of screening 40 applications for the post that was advertised in local and national newspapers.

The other members of the Petros board are Bintulu Port Holdings CEO Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Sarawak Energy Bhd CEO Sharbini Suhaili, former Shell Gas & Power Malaysia managing director Heng Hock Cheng and Sarawak Public Works Department director Zuraimi Sabki.

All of them had served in various capacities in the oil and gas industry. – February 14, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/37884

No more business as usual by July, Sarawak CM tells Petronas

SARAWAK Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has told Petronas it cannot operate as usual from July, adding that the national oil company has not done enough to develop the country’s largest state.

His remarks, carried by satellite TV operator Astro tonight, underscore the state’s move to be independent of Putrajaya ahead of the 14th general election, widely expected to be called next month.

“Petronas must acknowledge the fact that it is our right for them to align with our laws,” the chief minister said in an interview on Astro Awani.

Last night, the chief minister, at the launch of the state-owned Sarawak Petroleum Bhd (Petros), said by July, Sarawak will assume full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry in the state, and that all individuals and companies wishing to do business in the industry, including Petronas, must have the necessary licences, permits, leases and approvals from the state government.

The legal requirements are from either the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958 or Gas Distribution Ordinance 2016.

Prior to this, Petronas, vested with the powers under the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA), dictated all aspects of the oil and gas industry in the state.

Petronas negotiated and awarded all the power-sharing contracts and its contractors.

Abang Johari said under the new operating condition, as Sarawak exercises its constitutional rights over the two resources, some Petronas decisions are also no longer for the company to make alone.

He gave the appointment of contractors as an example.

“They can’t appoint their contractors themselves. They must get their contractors and sub-contractors who are registered with us,” he said, referring to the new legal requirement for oil and gas companies to have licences, permits, leases and approvals from the state government.

Abang Johari said Sarawak never had a say in the appointment of contractors before.

“We don’t have a say especially in the question of the participation of our private sector.”

He said while the national petroleum company has posted billion of ringgits in profits, it is not doing enough to channel some of the money to develop the state.

“The understanding (for the PDA) was that, Petronas would use part of its revenue to develop the state. Over the years, you can see what has happened.

“Petronas has got lots of revenue, but our perception is that they concentrated their projects in the peninsula, while the state is struggling to get money to develop basic infrastructure.

“Fair enough, it has to be shared throughout the country, but there must be the equitable allocation of resources to Sarawak.”

He said Sarawakians can also see and think.

“Sarawakians are looking at the Twin Towers, and Sarawakians are also looking at all the bailouts of the federal government… and we can think that part of the money comes from Petronas.”

He said Petronas is not doing enough to help develop the state.

“Yes, they have their plant in Bintulu. That is their investment, and we have a certain equity.

“But what must be done is, there must be equitable jobs to be given to Sarawak companies.”

Despite the warning of change, Petronas said the company “is committed to supporting Sarawak’s aspirations to actively participate in the state’s oil and gas industry, in line with the current framework of the PDA”.

In offering its congratulations to the Sarawak government over the launch of Petros, and welcoming the participation of the state petroleum company in the oil and gas sector, Petronas said it is looking forward “to continue collaborating with the state for mutual benefit”. – March 7, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/41654

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Abang Jo does not understand the law, says DAP

DAP today told Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg that his statement yesterday claiming the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) and the Territorial Sea Act 2012 (TSA) were “null and void” showed his ignorance of the country’s legal system.

“He can repeat such claims another 100 times, but as these two laws have not been repealed or amended to exclude their application to Sarawak, or declared unconstitutional by the Federal Court, Abang Jo’s (Abang Johari) claim remains mere hot air, an act of ‘shiok sendiri’ (self-indulgence),” Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said.

“Under our legal system, any law passed in Malaysia and duly gazetted to come into force is deemed good until it is repealed or the Federal Court declares it unconstitutional and null and void.

“Other than the Federal Court, no one, not even the prime minister, can declare a law passed in Parliament to be null and void,” Chong, who was also the Bandar Kuching MP, said, as a war of words broke out between state Tourism Minister Abdul Karim Hamzah and DAP over the chief minister saying yesterday that the two laws were “not relevant” in Sarawak.

Karim had criticised the opposition party for its scorn of Abang Johari’s effort to reclaim the state’s rights over its oil and gas.

DAP, however, said they were merely calling a spade a spade.

“Despite the self-declared rights of Abang Jo, the cold hard facts remain.”

“Sarawak’s entitlement to oil and gas royalties remains a meagre 5%; the remaining revenues generated from the exploration of oil and gas remain with the federal government and Petronas.

“The ultimate ownership and control of the oil and gas industry in Sarawak remains with Petronas and the prime minister; all Petronas pump stations will remain with Petronas and will not be converted to Petros pump stations.

“These are the facts,” Chong said.

“As such, I call upon Karim and Abang Jo to be truthful to the people of Sarawak and not disguise the continued exploitation of our resources by the BN government with laughable rhetoric like Abang Jo’s pronouncement that the PDA and TSA are ‘null and void’.”

The PDA gives Petronas absolute ownership and the exclusive rights, powers, liberties, and privileges to the exploration and exploitation of petroleum resources, both onshore or offshore, in the state.

The TSA reduces the state’s sea boundaries and territorial jurisdiction from 12 nautical miles offshore to three, an act which Sarawakians have long accused the federal government of using to plunder the state’s offshore oil and gas resources.

The Sarawak chief minister had said the PDA and the TSA were ‘null and void’ because they violated the state’s rights in the federal constitution.

The laws have been endorsed by the state legislative assembly and the Conference of Rulers, as required by law. – March 9, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/42036

PETROS dijangka raih pendapatan RM2 bilion setahun

SIBU: Pendapatan RM2 bilion setahun dijangka diperoleh kerajaan negeri melalui peningkatan pegangan ekuiti sebanyak 25 peratus dalam Loji Gas Asli Cecair Malaysia (MNLG) 3 di Bintulu.

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg, berkata perolehan dividen itu membantu kerajaan negeri mempercepatkan pembangunan infrastruktur di seluruh negeri, khususnya di kawasan pedalaman dan luar bandar.

“Ini baru MLNG 3, di MLNG1 dan MLNG2, kita memiliki 10 peratus pegangan (saham). Keseluruhannya, Sarawak ada sembilan loji MNLG. Kita akan berunding untuk mengambil (pegangan) sedikit demi sedikit.

“Itu sebab kita tubuhkan PETROS (Petroleum Sarawak Berhad) supaya bila kita ada syarikat minyak sendiri, kita boleh bekerjasama dengan PETRONAS. Kalau PETROS kuat, ia boleh jadi seperti PETRONAS,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika merasmikan Seminar Pembangunan dan Kepimpinan Ketua Masyarakat dan Ketua Kaum Peringkat Negeri Sarawak 2018, di sini, hari ini.

Hadir sama Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Abang Johari yang Menteri Kewangan dan Perancangan Ekonomi Sarawak mendedahkan perolehan dividen itu membantu membiayai projek jalan pesisir sepanjang 900 kilometer yang sedang pembinaan jalanraya pesisir yang kini sedang giat dilaksanakan kerajaan negeri.

“Di jalanraya pesisir ini, ada beberapa jambatan panjang yang perlu kita bina di Sungai Batang Krian dan Sungai Batang Lassa. Ia membabitkan perbelanjaan tinggi, namun kita melaksanakannya kerana Barisan Nasional (BN) sentiasa mendengar denyut nadi rakyat.

“Kita juga mahu menggunakan hasil dari MLNG3 untuk membiayai Projek Grid Air Negeri bernilai RM7 bilion bagi membantu menyelesaikan masalah bekalan air yang masih banyak berlaku di pelbagai tempat di negeri ini,” katanya.

Beliau turut menyeru agar penduduk di Sibu memberikan sokongan kepada calon BN yang dipilih, sekali gus memastikan kemenangan besar dalam Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU14).

“Kita perlu memperkasa Sarawak dengan memenangkan calon BN kerana jika kita menang banyak kerusi, lebih mudah kita bersuara untuk menuntut kembali hak negeri dalam Perjanjian Malaysia 1963,” katanya.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/wilayah/2018/04/417217/petros-dijangka-raih-pendapatan-rm2-bilion-setahun

In challenge to Sarawak, Petronas wants court to declare it owns all national oil resources

NATIONAL oil company Petronas is asking the Federal Court to declare that it is the exclusive owner of petroleum resources in Malaysia, including in Sarawak.

It is also seeking the apex court’s declaration that it is the regulator for the upstream industry throughout the country.

In a statement, the company said it filed an application before the Federal Court today seeking these declarations based on the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA).

“Petronas believes that the determination of the Federal Court would help provide clarity on its rights and position under the PDA.

“Petronas remains committed to supporting Sarawak’s aspiration to participate in the oil and gas industry in the state for as long as it is within the framework of the PDA,” the statement issued by Petronas’ group strategic communications said.

This move comes as Sarawak prepares to assume full regulatory authority over upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry in the state from next month.

In March this year, Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said that Sarawak had regained all the rights to prospect, mine and develop oil and gas in the state, meaning that oil companies, including Petronas, wishing to operate in the state would have to secure a prospecting licence from the state government.

Sarawak Pakatan Harapan leaders, however, disagreed with Abang Johari, saying the state could not reclaim such rights until the PDA and other relevant federal laws were amended.

Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), a state-owned oil and gas exploration firm, was formed last year and officially launched in March. Abang Johari had said that Petros would not be a partner of Petronas and would instead have the “same status” as the national oil company.

The issue of Sarawak’s rights to its oil resources has long been a contentious one, with the state demanding more than the 5% oil and gas royalty it receives from the federal government each year.

The PH election manifesto for GE14 promised to increase the royalty to 20%. – June 4, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/52330

CM: Sarawak to assume full authority over oil and gas by July

Chief Minister Abang Johari says this is part of devolution of powers from federal government.

KUCHING: Sarawak is to assume full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry in the state by July this year as part of the devolution of powers from the federal government.

This was announced here tonight by Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg when he launched Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros).

He said Sarawak would exploit its natural resources of oil and gas as provided for constitutionally under the State List in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution.

The devolution of powers was in keeping with the agreement by Prime Minister Najib Razak to return to Sarawak the powers provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) that had been inadvertently eroded over the years, he said.

Abang Johari said the formation of Petros and the exercising of the constitutional rights under item 2(c) of the State List and 8(j) of the Federal List, as provided in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution, were the outcomes of the discussions on the devolution of powers between the state and federal governments.

Abang Johari thanked the prime minister for agreeing to give back the powers that had been inadvertently eroded over the years, saying that the launch of Petros tonight was a clear testimony that substantial progress had been achieved in the ongoing discussions on devolution of powers.

Therefore, he said, by July this year, Sarawak would assume full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry in the state.

“All persons and companies involved in the oil and gas industries in Sarawak must henceforth have the necessary licences, permits, leases and approvals required under either the Oil Mining Ordinance or the Gas Distribution Ordinance.

“In other words, they are required to regularise their operations and activities to comply with all state laws, including those relating to the use and occupation of land,” Abang Johari said.

Colonial government

He gave the assurance that the enforcement of the state laws would not jeopardise the interests or investments of Petronas, the national oil corporation, and other companies already involved in the oil and gas industry in Sarawak, whether upstream or downstream, but, their business and operational activities must be aligned with Sarawak laws and regulations.

In his speech, the chief minister explained that in 1952, the Sarawak colonial government issued an oil mining lease, in the form of a deed, to Sarawak Oilfields Limited with the liberties, right and privileges to explore and mine all “the petroleum lying or within under or throughout the territory comprising the Colony of Sarawak, including lands beneath all territorial waters”.

“In 1954, the Queen in Council passed the Sarawak (Alteration of Boundaries) Order to extend the boundaries of Sarawak to include the seabed and its subsoil which lies beneath the high seas, contiguous to the territorial waters of Sarawak.

“In 1958, the Council Negeri passed the Oil Mining Ordinance to ‘make better provision in the law relating to oil mining in Sarawak and its continental shelf and therefore before Malaysia Day (Sept 16, 1963), Sarawak already owned all the petroleum resources both onshore and offshore, in the continental shelf, and had complete control over the grant of prospecting, exploration and mining rights within the boundaries of Sarawak which, by virtue of Article 2 of the Federal Constitution, cannot be altered without the approval of Sarawak, to be expressed by a law passed by the state legislature’.

“On Malaysia Day, the state had the constitutional right to issue prospecting licences, mining leases under Item 2(c) of the State List in the Ninth Schedule of the Federal Constitution which provides that ‘land, including permits and licences for prospecting for mines; mining leases and certificates’ are under the legislative authority of the state and, therefore, by virtue of Article 80 within the executive authority of the state government of Sarawak.”

Abang Johari said the federal government’s right under Item 8(j) of Federal List in the Ninth Schedule was subject to Item 2(c) of the State List, meaning that the federal government’s authority on oil and oilfields and the development of mineral resources was subject to the state’s right to grant mining rights for oil and natural gas within Sarawak.

“All laws passed by Parliament must not be inconsistent with the Federal Constitution.

“Article 4 declares that the Federal Constitution is the supreme law of the federation.

“The Sarawak Oil Mining Ordinance was never repealed by any emergency laws promulgated when the 1969 Proclamation of Emergency was in force,” he said.

The 1969 Proclamation of Emergency was annulled in 2011, he said, adding that Sarawak was constitutionally entitled to enforce the Oil Mining Ordinance and assert its constitutional authority over the right to mine oil and gas in Sarawak.

He said the government-incorporated Petros would spearhead the state’s participation in the oil and gas sectors that were considered of strategic importance to the overall socio-economic development objectives of Sarawak.

The chief minister said Petros would be granted the right to mine oil and natural gas in the state and it would be an important player in the upstream oil and gas industry.

The licence was handed to Petros chairman Hamid Bugo at the ceremony tonight.

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/03/07/cm-sarawak-to-assume-full-authority-over-oil-and-gas-by-july/

Not true that Sarawak has reclaimed oil and gas rights, says opposition

SARAWAK opposition leaders have challenged the chief minister’s statement that the state has reclaimed its oil and gas rights, saying federal laws ensure the resources remain in Putrajaya’s hands.

They said the state cannot regain the rights when laws like the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA), Territorial Sea Act 2012 (TSA) and Tripartite Agreement, signed by the federal government, Sarawak government and Petronas, have not been repealed or rescinded.

“How can we assert those rights that are constrained and/or no longer in our hands?” said state PKR vice-chairman See Chee How, in response to Abang Johari Openg’s statement at the launch of state oil company Petroleum Sarawak Bhd in Kuching on Tuesday.

The PDA vests in Petronas the entire ownership of, and exclusive rights, powers, liberties and privileges to, the exploration and exploitation of the country’s petroleum resources, both onshore and offshore.

The law gives the national petroleum company complete control in carrying out downstream activities and developments relating to petroleum and related products.

See said the PDA “has completely taken away all our rights, power and privileges over the petroleum resources deposited and found within the territorial boundary of Sarawak”.

The TSA limits the state’s sea boundary and territorial jurisdiction to a mere three nautical miles offshore.

Sarawakians have longed accused the federal government of passing the law to plunder the state’s offshore oil and gas resources by limiting the state’s control to the exploration, exploitation and obtaining of all resources found in Sarawak’s territorial sea, which should have been extended up to 300 nautical miles.

The Tripartite Agreement is purportedly “to irrevocably grant in perpetuity, and convey to and vest in Petronas” Sarawak’s ownership, and the exclusive rights, powers, liberties and privileges of exploring, exploiting and obtaining petroleum onshore or offshore.

See, who is also Batu Lintang assemblyman, said the chief minister “appears to be overly excited and exceedingly optimistic about the indefinite and ambiguous assurance of the prime minister (to return state rights)”, while state DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen described Abang Johari’s announcement as “much ado about nothing”.

See said the chief minister has “gone overboard with an announcement that may not materialise”.

“With his eyes trained on the next general election, the assurance by the prime minister was vague, and clearly uttered to placate Sarawakians and Sabahans.

“The insincerity of Putrajaya is evidenced by the fact that, until today, the prime minister has yet to get back to Sarawak on the reference made to his office by our late former chief minister, Adenan Satem, to repeal or amend the TSA in 2016.”

He said there has been no progress on the devolution of powers to Sarawak since Adenan died.

“To assert our sovereign power and rights to the issuance of permits and licences for mines, mining leases and certificates under Item 2(c) of the State List under the Ninth Schedule of the federal constitution, in this case, the prospecting, mining and development of our petroleum resources, the federal government must first agree to repeal the TSA and PDA, or make amendments to their provisions, and the Tripartite Agreement signed between the federal government, Sarawak government and Petronas must be rescinded.

“The chief minister must first obtain the assurance and undertaking of the prime minister to repeal the TSA and PDA, and to rescind the Tripartite Agreement, before he can make the announcement that we are now able to exercise our jurisdiction under our Oil Mining Ordinance, with regard to the licensing of oil and gas exploration, exploitation and development.

“Unless all these laws and legal provisions are repealed or amended, to devolve or vest powers back to Sarawak, we are, in effect, powerless.”

See said the announcement by Abang Johari that Sarawak is now able to exercise administrative and regulatory control over all petroleum-related activities in the state is “superficial at best”.

Chong said Sarawak’s entitlement to oil and gas royalties remains a meagre 5%.

The state Pakatan Harapan chairman and Bandar Kuching MP said unless the provisions of the PDA are amended or repealed, whatever laws or regulations passed by the state assembly or set by the state government “will become redundant and ineffective”.

He said the chief minister’s announcement was just another one of his “hot air” stunts, “trying to fool Sarawakians into believing that there is the devolution of powers, when the main control over, and benefits of, oil and gas remain with the federal government”.

“Barisan Nasional has taken Sarawakians for a ride for the past 55 years, and with this perceived devolution of powers, it intends to continue taking Sarawakians for another ride for another 50 years.”

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru president Cobbold John questioned how the state could reclaim its oil and gas rights if “Petronas is being allowed to operate as usual”.

He accused Abang Johari of manipulating the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and state rights for political benefits.

“These two laws (the PDA and TSA) need to be amended. Only then can the state assert its constitutional power.”

DAP’s pick for the Stampin federal seat in the 14th general election, Kelvin Yii, said Abang Johari’s announcement “seems to be purposefully orchestrated to mislead the public with regard to the control of our oil and gas resources”.

“Unless there is a repeal or amendment of the PDA, the oil still belongs to the federal government under Petronas, and we are entitled to only a 5% oil royalty.”

The chief minister, in an interview with TV station Astro Awani this morning, said the state’s right to its oil and gas is guaranteed under the federal constitution.

He said even though Item 8(j) under the Ninth Schedule of the constitution grants to the federal government the development of mineral resources, mines, mining, minerals and mineral ores, oils and oilfields; purchase, sale, import and export of minerals and mineral ores, and petroleum products; and, regulation of labour and safety in mines and oilfields, there is a condition.

The condition is that, all those rights are subject to Item 2(c) in the State List, where permits and licences for the prospecting of mines, mining leases and certificates are the rights of the state.

When asked about the PDA and TSA, Abang Johari said under Article 4 of the federal constitution, laws that are inconsistent with the constitution are void.

On the TSA, he said: “Our boundary when we formed Malaysia was 12 nautical miles. It is still 12 nautical miles. It cannot be changed under Article 2 of the federal constitution unless it is agreed to by the state legislative assembly and the Conference of Rulers.”

The state legislative assembly has never agreed to the change. – March 7, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/41638

Sarawak BN must fight for Miri, says Abang Johari

SARAWAK’S Barisan Nasional (BN) components must go all out to recapture the Miri parliamentary seat, a former BN stronghold that was lost to the opposition in 2013, in the coming 14th General Election (GE14).

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said with all four BN component parties – Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Progressive Democratic Party (PDP), and Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) – now fully recovered from their embroilment in internal conflicts, chances of winning back the Miri parliamentary seat seemed bright.

“We must win the Miri parliamentary seat so that we can develop it together for the future generation,” he said at the Chinese New Year Dinner organised by the SUPP Miri and Sibuti parliamentary liaison committee last night.

Abang Johari, who is also the state BN chairman, said the Miri community must think rationally during GE14 as it would determine the future of Miri.

“All four leaders in Sarawak’s BN component parties are Sarawakian. We will protect the state rights based on the constitution,” he said.

SUPP Miri and Sibuti parliamentary liaison committee chairman Lee Kim Shim said SUPP had formed an election committee for GE14, with election machinery ready to move once the campaigning started.

“Together with our component parties PBB, PRS, and PDP, we will make sure that we win back the Miri parliamentary seat,” he said.

On another issue, Lee, who is state assistant minister for tourism, arts and culture, hoped that the state government would study the possibility of turning the Miri River winding from Pullman Hotel to Kampung Wireless to be turned into a waterfront that could attract tourists similar to the Kuching Waterfront.

He also appealed to the chief minister to consider making Miri City the headquarters of Sarawak-owned oil and gas company, Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros).

“Miri has been the centre of the oil and gas industry for over hundreds of years. It is hoped that Petros will play an active role in developing the oil and gas industry in Sarawak, particularly in Miri, creating more jobs and opportunities,” he said. – Bernama, February 19, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/38641

Saau Kakok appointed CEO of Petros

Abang Johari (second left) arrives for the launch of Petros. He is accompanied by Hamid (second right), Morshidi (right), Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs Abdullah Saidol (left), Petros director Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah (third right) and others.

KUCHING: The newlylaunched Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) will be helmed by Saau Kakok, who has been officially appointed as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the company.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said Saau, a Bidayuh, had spent almost 40 years of his career in the oil and gas industry, his last post being the vice president for Asia of a United States-based independent oil company.

“Saau is an experienced and professional individual in the oil and gas fraternity who will lead a competent and high integrity Petros operational team.

“Petros is fortunate to gain Saau’s experience, talent and vision. I am confident that he is the right person to lead Petros into the future, adding value to the careers of talented young Sarawakians while making Petros the best place to work,” he said when announcing the Sarawakian’s appointment at the official launch of Petros at a leading hotel here on Tuesday.

Saau’s appointment, he noted, proved that Sarawak has a good pool of talents with the experience and expertise in the oil and gas industry.

Abang Johari introduces Saau as the CEO during his keynote address at the launch of Petros.

“Their involvement will be further enhanced with participation in contracts and supply of services offered by Petros,” he said and assured that the state government will issue guidelines to Petros to ensure greater and more meaningful participation by Sarawakians and Sarawak companies in this sector.

In addition to Saau, Abang Johari also said that Datin Josephine Hilary Dom had been appointed as an additional member of Petros’ board of directors early this year.

“Josephine is a respected individual in the field of finance and accounting and has been around in the Malaysian corporate world for more than three decades now.”

Petros, led by its chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Hamid Bugo, now has five board members; namely Josephine, Datu Zuraimi Sabki, Sharbini Suhaili, Heng Hock Cheng and Datuk Mohammad Medan Abdullah.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said Petronas has been exporting liquefied natural gas from Sarawak since 1975, and the revenues so derived have contributed tremendously to the national economy and the development of the Federation.

“By the exercise of our constitutional rights, the state government is fulfilling the aspirations of the people of Sarawak that the additional revenues from oil and gas will accelerate industrial development and economic progress to enable Malaysia as a whole to achieve a high income economy by the year 2030.”

To this, he said the state government would like to see Petros work alongside Petronas both in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry.

“Both companies can contribute significantly towards the advancement of the oil and gas industry in Malaysia and the economic progress and prosperity of our nation,” he said.

Among those attending the ceremony were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Utilities Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani and cabinet ministers.

Abang Johari greets guests upon his arrival.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1965

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