Who are the pioneering 5?

(From left) Datuk Seri Idris Jala; Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah; Dato Isaac Lugun; Datuk Wee Yiaw Hin

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg announced  on Tuesday morning members of the board of the newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak Sdn Bhd (Petros), Sarawak’s own oil and gas company, which would comprise five Sarawakians who were previously with Petronas and Shell.

Later in the afternoon he met the MA63 research team to London among whom is  a lawyer who has served in various key positions in Petronas, Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah, CEO of Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd.

Taking the cue from Abang Johari’s statement that the five-member Petros board would comprise Sarawakians who have served in the oil and gas industry one time or another, The Borneo Post made an educated guess that with his credentials, Medan would be one of the ‘Pioneering Five’.

Speaking to The Borneo Post Adventure Team (BAT) in Bintulu in June, Medan said he had a ‘considerably lengthy’ meeting with the chief minister. Asked what he thought of setting up Sarawak’s own oil and gas company he confidently replied: ‘It’s good for Sarawak’.

There was excitement in the air during the conversation with BAT sensing that good things would be happening to Sarawak in the oil and gas sector.

Who is Medan?

He has more than 30 years experience working in the oil and gas industry value chain under his belt – from upstream to midstream, downstream and marketing and trading.

In his own words during the BAT interview: “I was then the managing director and CEO of Malaysia LNG Group of Companies (2007-2010), contributing significantly to national and state economy to the tune of more than four per cent of the Malaysian GDP and 40 per cent of the gross exports from Sarawak.”

Probing deeper, The Borneo Post talked to several industry players about the composition of the board and the names of a few prominent figures who had worked with Shell and Petronas, cropped up as possible candidates.

Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) CEO Datuk Seri Idris Jala is a possible board member. He has spent 23 years in Shell, rising up the ranks to hold senior positions, including as vice president of Shell Retail International and Business Development Consultancy based in the United Kingdom.

The other name bandied about was Heng Hock Cheng, who was the managing director of Shell Gas and Power Malaysia. He retired from Shell in October 2006 after working 34 years in the upstream, downstream and gas and power divisions.

He served in various Shell entities in Malaysia, UK, Holland and China, holding, among others, the positions of manufacturing superintendent of Lutong Refinery, engineering manager, technical director of Sarawak Shell Berhad – Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd and chairman of Shell China based in Beijing.

Cagamas non-executive director Datuk Wee Yiaw Hin’s name was also mentioned. He was attached to Shell for over 21 years in Malaysia and overseas, including the United Kingdom and South Africa where his last position was vice president (Malaysia) for Upstream International Asia and managing director of Shell Malaysia Exploration and Production Companies.

Wee joined Petronas as executive vice president and CEO of Upstream Business in May 2010. He was a member of the company’s board of directors (at the group level) and the executive committee, and chaired/sat on the boards of several companies.

Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd group chief corporate officer Dato Isaac Lugun was also speculated to be a Petros board member. Holding a Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the University of Malaya in 1981, he worked for eight years in various senior positions in Legal Department of Petronas, including senior management role at Asean Bintulu Fertilizer Sdn Bhd, a joint venture of the then five Asean countries.

Another name mentioned was that of State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani who served as the management executive of Petronas from 1980 to 1988 and has been a Petronas director since Nov 1, 2016.

Also mentioned was the name of Petra Energy Bhd executive director and CEO Datuk Anthony @ Firdauz Bujang. He held various positions in Sarawak Shell Berhad such as secretary and adviser to the Major Tenders Board and head of General Contracts and Strategy, Planning and Procurement for Shell Gabon, Republic of Gabon, West Africa.

One other prominent figure whose name cropped was State Legislative Assembly deputy speaker Dato Gerawat Gala. He was formerly general manager for Corporate Services of Sarawak Shell Berhad, Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd and Shell Sabah Selatan Sdn Bhd and was also general counsel for Shell Malaysia group of companies.

He later became a board member and company secretary of Sarawak Shell Berhad, Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd, Shell Sabah Selatan Sdn Bhd and a few other downstream Shell companies.

Gerawat was formerly company secretary for Shell Refining Company Berhad and member of the country’s management team for Shell Malaysia group of companies.

However, since Abang Johari has said none of the board members are politicians, it is unlikely Gerawat would be appointed to the Petros board.

Other outstanding Sarawakians who are still serving in Petronas include Ruslan Abdul Ghani senior general manager, productions and operations manager, Malaysia Petroleum management, Petronas and Janin Girie country chairman at Petronas Carigali Nile Ltd South Sudan.

Observers believe Petros’ priority now should be to appoint a CEO and chairman capable of bringing forward Sarawak’s agenda in the oil and gas industry.

Here is a quote borrowed from the wisdom of a legal mind: ‘The key will be who is the CEO and chairman. A wrong choice could cause Petros to go sideways instead of forward. Of course, the board collectively needs to drive the agenda’.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1588

Brooke Dockyard confident of helping state participate actively in O&G sector

(From third left) Gerawat, Lo, Abang Johari, Masing and others toss the Yee Sang to welcome the Lunar New Year which is just around the corner.

KUCHING: With 21 years of experience in the oil and gas (O&G) sector, Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation (BDEWC) is confident that it can play an important role in realising Sarawak’s aspiration to participate actively in the O&G sector.

Its chairman Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Abang Openg cited the successful completion of the E6 Project as a clear testimony of the company’s capabilities, especially in undertaking marginal field projects.

“On this, I hope the newly set-up Petros will take note. Being a seasoned player, we have been able to strengthen our versatility and capacity,” he said in his address at the Loadout Ceremony of E6 DP-A Substructure and Topsides operated by Sarawak Shell Berhad at BDEWC Sejingkat fabrication yard, Jalan Bako here yesterday.

The auspicious occasion was graced by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and witnessed by State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, who is also the Minister of Infrastructure Development and Transportation, and Shell Companies in Malaysia chairman Datuk Iain Lo.

“We have been acknowledged as an efficient and competitive player in the sector, having successfully delivered more than 30 offshore modules and substructures with total tonnage of 37,647 metric tonnes. This is our proven record,” he said.

“We have expanded our annual rated capacity from 8,500 metric tonnes to 25,000 metric tonnes for both Sejingkat and the new Demak fabrication yards,” he said.

With these capacities and capabilities, he expressed confidence that BDEWC would be able to undertake more projects from the government and private sector and compete with other major players not only in the O&G sector but also land-based and marine industry.

Its manpower strength, he added, consisted of 400 personnel, of whom 99 per cent were Sarawakians.

“For the past 21 years, Brooke has created employment for and trained the locals as well as provided livelihood to at least more than 1,000 families,” he added.

Abdul Karim said BDEWC fully supported the state’s government’s persistent efforts to optimise the benefits from O&G sector.

“It is most practical and logical to expect that Sarawak players be given the priority and opportunity to benefit from the development of these resources,” he said.

Meanwhile, Lo emphasised that the partnership between Brooke Dockyard and Shell, which has spanned across 30 years, provided Shell the confidence to entrust Brooke Dockyard with new mode of fabrication using its own Health, Safety and Environment management system in delivering work for Shell.

“I have to say that Brooke has exceeded our expectations. This is a key step change in simplifying our relationship with our contractors and reducing cost – and the E6 is one of the first projects within Shell globally to adopt this approach,” he said.

The E6 field, he said, was discovered in 1970, but being a small field, its economics were marginal and other fields were prioritised for development.

“Now five decades later, it is E6’s turn to shine. E6 is not only small but it is a challenging development. It has a thin oil rim of two km below seabed, which is a valuable prize but difficult to get.

“Together with Petronas Carigali, Shell came up with a development concept that requires us to position the horizontal sections of the oil wells in this thin oil rim – a feat that was not possible 50 years ago.

“We also made E6 a satellite, which means that it has minimal processing facilities. Instead oil is processed at D35 and gas is processed at E8 – both existing platforms – thereby radically reducing cost and shortening the development time,” he said.

Thus, Lo hopes that the valuable insights gained from the E6 development can help unlock similar opportunities previously considered marginal or uneconomic.

“Shell aspires to be the leading O&G company in the country and we are the leading O&G producer, and we continue to explore aggressively to maintain our strong position.

“Our downstream business is flourishing and we will be introducing Euro V diesel in Sarawak this year,” he added.

Yesterday’s ceremony celebrated the successful onshore completion of the E6 Field Development Project in 12 months for the fabrication of 1,450-tonne topside and 10 months for the 1,500-tonne jacket by Brooke Dockyard.

The event also recognised the technical capabilities and strong labour force who worked over 13 months, clocking 1.2 million injury-free man hours.

The E6 field development is part of the SK308 production sharing contract awarded by Petronas to Sarawak Shell Berhad and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd. E6 is an oil and gas field located 180km west of Miri in water depth of 70m or 228 ft.

Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, State Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Datuk Gerawat Gala, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Hipni as well as officials and personnel from Petronas and Shell were among those present.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1872

‘Pemantauan kerajaan negeri ke atas Petroleum Sarawak Bhd mandatori’

Ketua menteri Sarawak berkata, langkah itu perlu supaya Petroleum Sarawak Bhd kukuh, berkesan dan cekap dalam melaksanakan peranannya dalam industri minyak dan gas.

Ketua Menteri Sarawak Abang Johari Openg (2 dari kiri) ketika melancarkan Petroleum Sarawak Bhd malam tadi. (Gambar Facebook)

KUCHING: Ketua Menteri Sarawak, Datuk Abang Johari Openg mahu Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) yang kukuh, berkesan dan cekap dalam melaksanakan peranan diamanahkannya dalam industri minyak dan gas (O&G).

Beliau berkata, bagi merealisasikannya, penubuhan pihak berkuasa, pengawal selia dan pemantauan oleh kerajaan negeri ke atas Petros adalah mandatori.

“Justeru, Petros mesti membangunkan kehadirannya yang strategik di Sarawak untuk berkembang dan menyampaikan manfaat ekonomi secara mampan menerusi model perniagaannya, dan pada masa sama melindungi kepentingan kerajaan negeri dan sumbernya,” katanya ketika melancarkan syarikat minyak milik kerajaan negeri itu, malam tadi.

Abang Johari juga mengumumkan Sarawak akan mengambil alih sepenuhnya pengawalseliaan dalam aspek huluan dan hiliran dalam industri O&G di negeri ini menjelang Julai ini, yang merupakan sebahagian penurunan kuasa oleh kerajaan persekutuan.

Beliau berkata, Sarawak akan mengeksploitasi sumber semula jadi minyak dan gas seperti yang diperuntukkan dalam Perlembagaan mengikut Senarai Negeri dalam Jadual Kesembilan Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Katanya, penurunan kuasa itu selaras perjanjian Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, untuk mengembalikan kuasa diperuntukkan dalam Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 (MA63) kepada Sarawak, yang secara tidak sengaja terhakis sejak bertahun-tahun.

Abang Johari berkata, bagi memastikan Petros melaksanakan peranan diamanahkan kepadanya secara berhemah, syarikat itu perlu mendapatkan bimbingan kerajaan negeri untuk hala tuju dasar dalam pelaksanaan peranan dan tanggungjawab strategiknya.

“Menerusi sokongan berterusan rakyat kepada Barisan Nasional, lebih banyak kemajuan akan dibuat bagi memenuhi aspirasi rakyat Sarawak dalam mencapai tahap pembangunan yang selari negeri-negeri lebih maju di Semenanjung.

“Hasil yang lebih banyak daripada minyak, gas dan sumber mineral lain akan dapat membiayai agenda pembangunan dan inisiatif dilancarkan saya untuk ekonomi digital Sarawak,” katanya.

Beliau juga mengulangi pentingnya semua rakyat Malaysia bekerjasama dalam menangani cabaran sama dan berusaha untuk membolehkan Sarawak mendapat manfaat daripada inisiatif pengurusan sumber semula jadi yang terhad.

Pelancaran Petros, katanya, menandakan satu lagi kejayaan dalam O&G negeri dan untuk Sarawak, semata-mata disebabkan ia mempunyai sumber baharu untuk membolehkannya meningkatkan model pengurusan sumber negeri.

“Kabinet negeri dan saya sangat gembira kerana kami mengambil tindakan berani dalam usaha mengubah ekonomi dan melonjakkannya ke tahap lebih tinggi. Justeru, pelancaran ini merupakan majlis penting bukan hanya untuk Sarawak, bahkan juga untuk Malaysia.”

Pada majlis itu, Abang Johari turut mengumumkan pelantikan Saau Kakok sebagai ketua pegawai eksekutif Petros. Beliau mempunyai pengalaman hampir 40 tahun dalam industri O&G.

Jawatan terakhirnya ialah naib presiden Asia sebuah syarikat minyak bebas berpangkalan di Amerika Syarikat.

“Petros bernasib baik mendapatkan pengalaman, bakat dan visi Saau. Saya yakin beliau merupakan ketua yang tepat untuk memimpin syarikat pada masa depan,” katanya sambil menambah nilai kerjaya orang muda berbakat Sarawak itu akan menjadikan Petros tempat terbaik untuk bekerja.

Beliau berkata, Sarawak mempunyai bakat baik dengan pengalaman dan kepakaran dalam industri O&G dan penglibatan mereka akan dipertingkat melalui penyertaan dalam kontrak dan pembekalan perkhidmatan yang ditawarkan Petros.

Katanya, kerajaan negeri akan mengeluarkan garis panduan kepada Petros untuk memastikan penyertaan lebih besar dan bermakna oleh syarikat Sarawak itu dalam sektor terbabit.

“Sejak 1975, gas asli cecair dari Sarawak dieksport Petronas dan hasil yang diperoleh, menyumbang kepada ekonomi negara dan pembangunan persekutuan.

“Dengan menjalankan hak perlembagaan kita, kerajaan negeri memenuhi aspirasi rakyat Sarawak bahawa hasil tambahan daripada minyak dan gas, mempercepatkan pembangunan perindustrian dan kemajuan ekonomi, untuk membolehkan Malaysia pada keseluruhannya mencapai pendapatan ekonomi tinggi menjelang 2030.”

Beliau berkata, kerajaan negeri mahu melihat Petros bekerja bersama Petronas dalam kedua-dua sektor huluan dan hiliran dalam industri O&G.

“Kedua-dua syarikat ini boleh memberi sumbangan besar kepada kemajuan industri di Malaysia dan kemajuan ekonomi dan kemakmuran negara,” katanya.


Abang Johari: Sarawak kini berkuasa penuh ke atas industri minyak, gas

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2018/03/07/pemantauan-kerajaan-negeri-ke-atas-petroleum-sarawak-bhd-mandatori/

Abang Johari: PM Admits 1Malaysia Idea From Sarawak

KUCHING, Feb 14 (Bernama) – Through the latest technology, Sarawak is keen to share the harmony in its multi-racial diversity, as it has inspired Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to highlight the 1Malaysia concept.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said he thanked the Prime Minister who had previously given the recognition that he had been inspired by Sarawak for the concept.

He said Sarawak’s strength was evident through the harmony inherent to its people who could live together peacefully, sitting at the same table, and even under the same roof, without any problems, despite the differences in religion, race and culture.

The matter was touched upon when he referred to the use of the latest technology, such as the use of virtual reality techniques, which should be used more widely to promote the beauty and harmony of the state, to attract the public here.

“Tourists can come and see how we share our green, how we protect our forests to provide oxygen for sharing with the world, so the government has to use the latest technologies to promote our products more efficiently,” he said.

He said this when interviewed on the one hour “Together With The Chief Minister of Sarawak” programme which was broadcast live on TV1 and SarawakFM radio yesterday.

The Chief Minister discussed issues such as the 1964 Malaysia Agreement, state oil company Petros’ development, Sarawak Development Bank, digital economy, physical development, vision and direction of the state development, Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu Sarawak (PBB) general assembly, Mind transformation, and so on.

Touching on the 1964 Malaysian Agreement, once again Abang Johari expressed his appreciation of the Prime Minister who, according to him, had a very rational and open-minded view in his preparedness to listen, negotiate and see if there was any power of the Sarawak state accorded under the agreement which had been eroded.

“We just want our rights, we do not want the rights or power of others, why should we ask for power which is not ours, it is a sin, to take the right of others is a sin, but it is also a sin if our right is taken by others, that is why we said we want to negotiate,” he said.

Abang Johari said the establishment of the state oil and gas company, Petros, was also done based on the law and constitutional provisions that enabled it to be created with the intention of bringing in state government involvement in the oil and gas industry.

Asked on the state government’s call for the federal government to raise oil royalty to 20 per cent, Abang Johari said it was a different issue, but what was important in whatever was done, it should be based on the national law and the constitution.

“I follow the law and the constitution, if it is Sarawak’s right I exercise Sarawak’s right, because I am the Chief Minister of Sarawak my duty is to develop the state, it does not mean that we will be separated from the Federation, not at all, we are forever in Malaysia, but we can share, he said.

Touching on connectivity, Abang Johari said apart from connectivity being tied to proper Internet access to achieve the dream of Sarawak’s digital economy, the physical connectivity associated with road construction, bridges and other infrastructure had never been set aside.

He then expressed his appreciation to the federal government which had agreed to contribute half a billion ringgit in addition to RM1 billion allocated by the state government to develop the domestic internet access infrastructure.

In terms of physical connectivity, Abang Johari said that throughout his administration, in the past one year and one month ago, he had announced the implementation of many road and bridge construction projects to connect the interior and coastal areas with the Pan Borneo Highway.

In terms of other infrastructure, he said he also endeavoured to develop various projects, because “we do not want after decades of independence, and with many large dams available, there are still areas without water supply”.

Meanwhile, Abang Johari said Sarawak also needed to provide the best ‘ecosystem’ to discover new talents as well as luring home Sarawak-born experts abroad to develop the state using the latest technology.

He said around 60 per cent of Sarawakians were “young people” who needed their leaders to be visionary and understand the current surrounding needs and demands to pursue progress, and this ecosystem would have to be developed for them.

Touching on the desire to develop transportation systems like the LRT, Abang Johari said it was not only related to the connection between two places, but more deeply it also referred to the technology transfer, the opportunity to use existing resources more efficiently, in addition to the facilities to develop satellite cities for future convenience, and more.

Referring to the 14th General Assembly of the Sarawak PBB which ended last week, he was grateful that it had proceeded well with many party posts uncontested as a result of consensus among party members to produce the future generations of leaders.

“This will provide opportunities and space to them to be trained as leaders, because we don’t live forever, what is permanent is the spirit of struggle, and they (future leaders) need exposure,” he said.

“In Sarawak, we need a balanced approach, because we are inclusive, we lead the whole multi-racial and multi-religious people, not the Chief Minister for the Malays only, but for all, Malays, Iban, Bidayuh, Orang Ulu, the Chinese, all, “he added.


Source: http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v8/newsindex.php?id=1436408

Members of Petros board must be very experienced – Abang Jo

Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said for a person to be appointed as a board member of the newly formed Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) he or she must be very experienced in the oil and gas industry.

He was responding to a question posed by a reporter who asked when he was going to appoint a Dayak representative in Petros board of directors.

“Actually there is already a Dayak representative in the board by the name of Mohd Medan Abdullah, who is a Muslim Kelabit,” he said here today.

The Chief Minister’ Office had recently announced the appointment of former state secretary Tan Sri Hamid Bugo, who once served with Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd in Bintulu, as chairman of Petros. Hamid has also been chairman of oil and gas firm Sapura Resources Bhd since March last year.

The other Petros board members announced are Mohd Medan, Sharbini Suhaili, Zuraimi Sabki and Heng Hock Cheng, whom Abang Johari had described as “experienced industry professionals with very strong and proven track records and had served in key positions in the oil and gas industry”.

Lately Abang Johari has received criticisms from the Dayak community (Iban and Bidayuh) for not appointing representatives from the two communities.

Following the widespread criticisms in the social media, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah had said that the chief minister has tasked him to look for a qualified Dayak to be in the board.

The Chief Minister also reminded these individuals and groups not to play with religious issue in the appointment of the board members.

Petros will enable the Sarawak government to participate in upstream oil and gas development, particularly in the exploration and extraction of oil and gas within state waters.

The state government said the initiative would create jobs for locals and draw expertise from outside the state.

“Petros is now embarking on a headhunt for a CEO and other key management positions to enable it to be operational by the first quarter of next year,” he said, adding that Petros would not be a junior partner to Petronas, the national oil company. – Bernama

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1631

PKR wants assembly to discuss Sarawak’s oil and gas rights

PKR Sarawak vice-chairman and Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How wants the state assembly sitting to discuss the state’s oil and gas rights.

See said the special assembly sitting would make clear Sarawak’s collective stance with regard to three controversial laws – the Territorial Sea Act 2012, the Petroleum Development Act 1974, and the Tripartite Agreement signed between the federal government, state government and Petronas – that the chief minister had dismissed as “irrelevant”.

See said Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg’s many statements on the invalidity of the TSA, PDA and the agreement since the March 6 launching of Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) “make it sounds so simplistic”.

At the launch of Petros, the chief minister said the state had regained all the rights to its resources and that any person and company wishing to do business in the state’s oil and gas industry must have the necessary licences, permits, leases and approvals required under either the state’s Oil Mining Ordinance or the Gas Distribution Ordinance.

In a media conference two days later, Abang Johari said the TSA and PDA were “irrelevant” as they had violated Sarawak’s rights to its natural and hydrocarbon resources under the federal constitution. “any law that is ultra vires (beyond the powers) of the constitution under Article 4 of the federal constitution is void,” he said.

The chief minister had also asserted the state’s rights to its oil and gas were never surrendered upon the formation of Malaysia in 1963 and therefore the issuance of permits and licences for mines, mining leases and certificates in relation to the prospecting, mining and development of our petroleum resources were still intact.

The issuance of permits and licences were drawn up during the rule of the White Rajah and were later incorporated under Item 2(c) of the state list under the ninth schedule of the federal constitution.

“The chief minister had evoked a lively debate with his unequivocal announcement that Sarawak will assume full regulatory authority over its oil and gas upstream and downstream industry by July, at the launching of Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) on March 6.

“Elected representatives, aspirants vying for offices in the coming general election, academicians and political analysts have raised some legal but mostly political arguments in the tussle which by far have been entertaining and enlightening,” said See.

But he said it is the duty of the state leaders to protect the interests of Sarawak’s prized resources true to the spirit of “Sarawak First” and “Sarawakians First”.

“The special sitting of the Sarawak legislative assembly will provide a platform for the differing legal and political opinions, propositions and solutions to be deliberated, considered and adopted in order that Sarawak may speak and present itself with one unified voice.”

He said it would not be similar to the legislature’s motion on the request for 20% petroleum royalty, which was unanimously passed on May 7, 2014.

See said the chief minister is doing right to take a step further to pursue and assert the state’s autonomous rights over the valuable resources of oil and gas lying within the territorial boundary of Sarawak.

“I’m all for getting these things back but they should not be decided by himself or his cabinet.

“They must be brought to the assembly for a consensus.”

See also said the silence of Prime Minister Najib Razak and federal leaders “to Sarawak’s quest which is moving the earth under Sarawakians’ feet” was disconcerting.

“They are calm and relaxed, as if giving a nonchalant shrug, dismissing the expedition of the charging knights as a futile exercise.

“I am uneasy, and expecting the worst to come after the general election, as I think the stance of the federal government can be deciphered from the response of Petronas,” he said.

In a short statement to welcome and congratulate the setting up of Petros, Petronas said it was committed to supporting the state’s aspirations to actively participate in the state’s oil and gas industry “in line with the current framework of the Petroleum Development Act, 1974”.

“Despite what the chief minister and all other Sarawakians have said, Petronas is cool, referring us to look at the framework of the Petroleum Development Act, 1974.” – March 27, 2018.

Source: https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/45349

Hydrogen as energy source

KUCHING: Sarawak is moving ahead in its green energy agenda with the launch of an integrated hydrogen production plant and refuelling station, touted as the first in South East Asia.

Built by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) in collaboration with Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, the facility includes a plant that produces hydrogen through electrolysis and a refuelling station for the state’s first hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The station will initially service three hydrogen fuel cell buses operated by the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and two cars in SEB’s corporate fleet.

“In Sarawak, we have a green energy agenda. Besides hydropower, we are now exploring hydrogen as another source of energy,” Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said when launching the facility at SEB’s western regional office.

He said the state planned to introduce three-in-one fuel stations after this, which would cater for vehicles powered by fossil fuel, electricity and hydrogen.

Abang Johari (in driver’s seat) and Abdul Hamed trying out a hydrogen  cell-powered car.   

The stations will be set up by state-owned Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) and SEDC.

“We are going to set up initially five stations, starting at the end of this year. That is our next move,” he said.

Meanwhile, SEB chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi said the hydrogen plant can produce 130kg of hydrogen daily and is capable of fully refuelling up to five fuel cell buses and 10 fuel cell cars per day.

“We are working together with SEDC who leads the hydrogen-fuelled bus pilot project to improve and green our public transportation system.

“In addition, we have added two Hyundai Nexo hydrogen fuel cell vehicles into our corporate fleet,” he said.

SEDC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain said the buses would be used as a pilot project to demonstrate the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cell technology for public transport in Sarawak.

He said the buses will commence operations as soon as SEDC receives the necessary permits from the relevant authorities.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2019/06/04/hydrogen-as-energy-source/

Jangan samakan PETROS dengan 1MDB: Abang Johari

KUCHING: Syarikat Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (PETROS) diwujudkan bagi mengawal selia industri minyak dan gas di negeri ini secara telus, bukannya entiti lain yang disamakan dengan 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) seperti yang didakwa oleh sebuah portal berita.

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg, berkata kerajaan negeri menubuhkan PETROS untuk memastikan rakyat negeri ini boleh mengambil bahagian dalam sektor huluan dan hiliran industri minyak dan gas.

Justeru, beliau berkata dakwaan portal berita berkenaan adalah berniat jahat dan sengaja mencetuskan isu yang boleh menggugat kepercayaan rakyat terhadap PETROS.

“PETROS adalah badan kawal selia yang diuruskan secara telus dan saya tegaskan ia sama sekali bukannya 1MDB Sarawak seperti yang didakwa.

“Portal berita itu jelas mempunyai niat buruk terhadap kerajaan negeri dan PETROS, “katanya berucap merasmikan Demak Fabrication Yard, di sini, hari ini.

Turut hadir Menteri Muda Pengangkutan, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil; Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Demak Laut, Dr Hazland Hipni; Pengerusi Brooke Dockyard, Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Abang Openg dan Naib Presiden Kanan Penyampaian Projek dan Teknologi PETRONAS, Mazuin Ismail.

Walaupun beliau tidak menyebut nama portal berkenaan, bagaimanapun ia dipercayai merujuk kepada artikel bertajuk ‘The Sarawak Oil Grab – Is Petros the 1MDB of Sarawak’ yang diterbitkan aogm.net, portal berita yang menyiarkan laporan mengenai industri minyak dan gas.

Beliau menegaskan, kerajaan negeri adalah kerajaan yang bertanggungjawab dan berhak untuk mengawal selia industri gas demi kesejahteraan rakyat negeri ini.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/berita/wilayah/2019/03/537249/jangan-samakan-petros-dengan-1mdb-abang-johari

PBB dokong aspirasi anak Sarawak

PERHIMPUNAN Agung Ke-14 Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) di Pusat Konvensyen Borneo Kuching (BCCK) bermula semalam, menyaksikan ketiga-tiga jawatan kepemimpinan utama parti itu tidak dipertandingkan.

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Abang Openg terus diberikan kepercayaan sebagai Presiden PBB, selepas mengambil alih jawatan ‘nombor satu’ itu daripada Allahyarham Tan Sri Adenan Satem atau Tok Nan, yang meninggal dunia akibat komplikasi jantung, 11 Januari tahun lalu.

Jawatan Timbalan Presiden I dan Timbalan Presiden II, masing-masingnya disandang oleh dua orang Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Amar Douglas Unggah Embas dan Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan sebagai mewakili sayap Pesaka dan Bumiputera PBB.

Bagi PBB yang juga parti politik kedua terbesar di Malaysia, ia cukup dikenali dengan struktur organisasi tersusun, termasuk penyediaan barisan pelapis bagi meneruskan warisan kepemimpinan berpaksikan semangat toleransi dan kesepakatan.

Menginjak usia penubuhannya ke-45 tahun, ia menempuh perjalanan penuh pengalaman dan pengajaran, sekali gus membantu mendewasakannya, termasuk memastikannya kekal relevan dengan perkembangan semasa.

Berkongsi formula kejayaan itu, Awang Tengah menjelaskan bahawa parti berkenaan sentiasa menerapkan disiplin, ketaatan dan kesetiaan, dengan semua elemen itu cukup difahami dan dihayati seluruh ahli dari peringkat akar umbi hingga kepemimpinannya.

“Ia bukan sekadar pegangan, sebaliknya sebagai perlambangan tradisi PBB sejak penubuhannya pada 5 Januari 1973, melalui penggabungan Parti Pesaka Anak Sarawak (PESAKA) dengan Parti Bumiputera Sarawak (BUMIPUTERA).

Patuh kepada ketua

“Kita dididik agar sentiasa patuh kepada ketua. Mesti ada restu. Jika perlu berkorban demi kepentingan dan kelangsungan parti, kita perlu melakukannya dengan hati terbuka bertepatan dengan slogan PBB, Berkorban Bersatu. Ini bukan bermaksud tiada demokrasi dalam PBB, namun kepentingan parti melebihi kepentingan peribadi,” katanya.

Dalam temu bual eksklusif dengan BH, Awang Tengah menjelaskan budaya parti yang mengutamakan sifat kebertanggungjawaban bersama meletakkan PBB di landasan kukuh sebagai parti dominan BN Sarawak.

“Kita memiliki struktur (kepemimpinan) yang baik. Selain sentiasa patuh pada perlembagaan parti, dari peringkat ranting, cawangan hingga ke perhimpunan agung. Kita ambil kira kepentingan semua pihak, majoriti dan minoriti. PBB sebagai parti utama membentuk kerajaan negeri turut merangka dasar bersifat inklusif,” katanya.

Bagi Awang Tengah juga, PBB lebih daripada sekadar parti politik, sebaliknya institusi kepemimpinan dalam membentuk kelompok pemimpin berwibawa sehingga tidak pernah ketandusan pemimpin baharu.

“Ada sudah menjadi Menteri, Timbalan Menteri (Persekutuan), Menteri Muda (Kabinet Sarawak), ADUN (Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri) dan Ahli Parlimen. PBB juga yang pertama menampilkan calon wanita (dalam pilihan raya). Ini proses kematangan ke arah mewujudkan kesinambungan legasi kepemimpinan dinamik.

“Kita tidak membuat keputusan mengikut emosi, tiada semangat kewilayahan, sentimen perkauman atau keagamaan. Gabungan PESAKA dan Bumiputera menjadikannya PBB cukup inklusif mendokong Dasar Politik Matang. Ibarat payung dalam memperjuangkan hak anak Sarawak. Tidak kiralah Bumiputera atau bukan Bumiputera,” katanya.

Seiring usianya melangkaui empat dekad, PBB kini muncul sebagai parti berorientasikan rakyat, dihormati dan disegani terutama dalam usaha menuntut kembali hak dan kepentingan negeri dalam Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 (MA63) yang dirintis Tok Nan.

“Ini hak kita seperti termaktub dalam MA63. Berlandaskan Perlembagaan, kita hanya mahukan ia dihormati. Kita bukan mahu bawa Sarawak keluar dari Malaysia. Tok Nan pernah berkata, Sarawak bersama membentuk Malaysia dan sampai bila-bila pun tetap bersama Malaysia.

“Abang Johari juga secara jelas turut mengulangi pendirian sama dalam ucapan penggulunggannya pada Sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri (DUN), 17 November lalu. PBB juga lantang memperjuangkan isu tanah Hak Adat Bumiputera (NCR) kerana menyedari kepentingan tanah NCR kepada masyarakat Bumiputera Sarawak,” katanya.

PETROS ditubuh

Atas inisiatif PBB juga, yang dimulakan oleh Adenan, kepentingan industri petroleum negeri sentiasa dilindungi sehingga menyaksikan PETRONAS bersetuju memberikan kontrak bernilai RM2.1 bilion kepada syarikat anak Sarawak, sekali gus memastikan mereka terbabit secara aktif dalam sektor minyak dan gas di Sarawak.

Awang Tengah turut bersyukur kerana tampuk kepemimpinan negeri kini berpindah tangan kepada Abang Johari sebagai kapten baharu ‘Tim Adenan’, lebih-lebih lagi dengan pengalaman luas beliau sebagai veteran PBB.

Di bawah kepemimpinan Abang Johari, tertubuhnya Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (PETROS) yang cukup signifikan dalam meningkatkan penyertaan anak Sarawak dalam sektor huluan dan hiliran industri petroleum.

“Penubuhan PETROS menunjukkan kesungguhan ketua menteri untuk memastikan penyertaan kita dalam industri minyak dan gas agar lebih bermakna. Ia antara platform pengukuhan ekonomi negeri, selain penubuhan Bank Pembangunan Sarawak (DBOS) dalam memperkasa landskap pembangunan Bumi Kenyalang,” katanya.

Tema ‘Mentranformasikan Sarawak Melalui Ekonomi Digital’ pula memperlihatkan PBB bersiap sedia bergerak seiring dengan perubahan global agar kekal relevan dengan perkembangan semasa.

“Ekonomi Digital itu bukan lagi satu pilihan, sebaliknya keperluan penting seiring ledakan kemajuan bidang teknologi maklumat dan komunikasi (ICT). Ya, dalam PBB, walaupun sejarah sentiasa menjadi rujukan atau pedoman, namun keperluan masa depan sentiasa dititikberatkan.

“Konsep Ekonomi Digital perlu difahami dalam konteks sebenar. Perlu ada kesedaran agar mudah kita menerima pembaharuan. Peruntukan RM1 billion untuk meningkatkan prasarana ICT jelas memperlihatkan komitmen kita dalam hal ini, selain tertubuhnya Lembaga Multimedia Sarawak dan Sarawak Pay,” katanya.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/rencana/komentar/2018/02/386833/pbb-dokong-aspirasi-anak-sarawak

CM relays S’wak’s oil royalty stand to students overseas

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has reiterated that Sarawak is constitutionally entitled to licensing rights over its oil and gas resources.

Even the authorities in Putrajaya had acknowledged the state’s rights on the matter, he told Sarawakians residing and studying in Britain during a gathering organised by the Sarawak Foundation in London.

“We have the licensing rights and Petronas’ is the development part,” he said in reference to the Federal Constitution’s provisions.

As such, Abang Johari said the state government through its oil and gas company Petros is collaborating with Petronas to ensure that Sarawak would stand to benefit from its oil and gas resources.

He added that although the state’s licensing rights had not been enforced in the last 40 years, Sarawak would not compromise on what lawfully belonged to the state.

The Chief Minister was in London with a delegation for a two-week study trip to Britain, the United States and Canada before a final stop in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to meet potential investors.

Abang Johari visited the University of London and Oxford University to explore possibilities of collaboration that would pave the way for Sarawakian students to be given places in various fields of study.

In the US, he will visit Stanford University to look at its research activities and facilities and assess the prospect of similar collaborations with the university and others in Silicon Valley.

Abang Johari said Sarawak would continue to send students overseas to pursue studies in new disciplines which are not available locally, such as cybersecurity, programming and data science.

“Sarawakians need to acquire new knowledge in order to be acquainted with the new ecosystem and development trends around the world,” he added.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2018/09/28/cm-relays-swaks-oil-royalty-stand-to-students-overseas/

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