BN Must Be Aggressive To Recapture Miri Parliamentary Seat – Abang Johari

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) — Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) components must go all out to recapture Miri parliamentary seat, once a BN stronghold but lost to the opposition for the first time in 2013, in the coming 14th General Election (GE14).

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun 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 after being embroiled in internal conflicts, chances of winning back the Miri parliamentary seat seem to be bright.

“We must win Miri parliamentary seat so that we can develop 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.

As such 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 as well as the development of Miri division.

“All four leaders in Sarawak BN component parties were Sarawakian, we will protect the state rights based on the constitution,” he added.

Meanwhile, SUPP Miri and Sibuti Parliamentary liaison committee chairman Datuk Lee Kim Shim said for the GE14, SUPP has formed an election committee with the election machinery ready to move once the campaigning starts.

“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 Miri river located at 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 as the headquarters of Sarawak-owned oil and gas company, Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros).

“Miri has been the centre for 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 added.



Sarawak CM Office Denies Issuing Ultimatum To Petronas

KUCHING, Feb 15 (Bernama) — The Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office has denied a posting on social media that cited Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg purportedly giving an ultimatum to Petronas.

The office wishes to clarify that the Chief Minister has never issued such ultimatum to Petronas though the onus is on Petronas to comply with the state law like any other companies with prospecting and mining interest in Sarawak.

“He (the Chief Minister) has always stressed that Sarawak will work alongside Petronas through its newly-formed oil company, PETROS in the oil and gas industry in Sarawak within the ambit of the law and constitution. The fake news is very much regretted,” it said in a statement today.

According to the widely circulated posting titled “Ultimatum to Petronas, Get Licence or Get Out”, the Chief Minister purportedly issued an ultimatum to Petronas that it must obtain a prospecting licence under the Sarawak Mining Ordinance 1958, to operate in Sarawak.



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.



Petros To Embrace New Technologies

KUCHING, Jan 24 (Bernama) — The newly-formed Sarawak wholly-owned Oil and Gas (O&G) company, Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), will explore new areas and embrace new technologies in its journey to be among the active players in the oil and gas (O&G) industry within two years.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said with new technologies, the hidrocarbon fields could be profiled through relevant data collected and analysed by Artificial Intelligence capabilities.

As all Petros board members are locals who had served Petronas and Shell before, he expressed confidence that the company has the capability to explore Sarawak´s reserves, especially marginal fields where big companies such as Shell or Exxon had refused to venture into.

“We have the capabilities, the skilled manpower that can identify the latest relevant technologies required.

“We have oil fields and many other needs, including digital economic needs. We must be brave. Dare to venture and try new technologies,” he said at the E6 DP-A Topside and Substructure Loadout Ceremony at the Brooke Dockyard and and Engineering Corporation site in Sejingkat, here, today…..


Petros To Become Active O&G Player In 2 Years – Abang Johari

MIRI, Jan 14 (Bernama) — Petros, an oil and gas (O&G) company which is wholly-owned by the Sarawak government, targets to become an active player in the O&G industry within two years.

Chief Minister, Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, said the company would try to exploit all opportunities in the O&G industry once it is operational.

“Wait two years for Petros to take active participation in the oil and gas industry,” he said during the opening of the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Miri Zone 10 delegates meeting here today.

Petros was established in August 2017 to enable the state government to participate directly in the O&G industry in Sarawak.

In November 2017, Petros Chairman, Tan Sri Hamid Bugo, was reported as saying the company was expected to start operations in the first quarter of 2018, and was looking for a suitable candidate to fill the post of the Chief Executive Officer…..


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