Hydrogen buses to debut on Kuching roads by March 2019

Abang Johari (middle) looks on as Soedirman (second right) and Jiang (second left) exchange documents. Also in photo are Abdul Aziz (first right) and Lu. Photo by Chimon Upon

 

KUCHING: Hydrogen fuel cell buses are expected to make their much-awaited debut on the roads of Kuching city by March next year.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg disclosed that three units of buses will be used as pilot vehicles for the state.

“We will try three buses first, as part of our pilot project and research (to improve and provide better public transportation system),” he told reporters today after he witnessed the the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Foshan Feishi Automobile Manufacture Co Ltd China for the supply and delivery of these hydrogen fuel cell buses.

When asked on the cost of each bus, he said this is being negotiated but he assured that it will not be that expensive.

Earlier in his speech, Abang Johari said the state government is considering free rides for both locals and tourists to use these hydrogen-powered buses when they arrive for the trial run.

He also mentioned that the cost of such public transportation will be cheap, considering the fact that hydrogen is extracted from water, which is abundant in Sarawak. This is unlike other type of buses where costing is tied up to the global price of fossil fuel.

He added that the hydrogen production plant and fuelling station built by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) is now under construction and expected to be ready when the hydrogen fuel cell buses are delivered here.

“In Sarawak, sometimes the public can be quite skeptical. When we talk about hydrogen, they think about hydrogen bomb. I have to educate people first. That is why the pilot project is important.

“We can see the success of other countries such as Germany and China in implementing this. But we want to convince Sarawakians first,” he said.

He conceded that he had to slowdown or postpone the light rail transit (LRT) implemetation in Sarawak to enable more funds to be allocated to improve facilities and infrastructure in the rural areas.

Despite this, he was confident that Sarawak can still improve its public transportation particularly in the Kuching city by using hydrogen as source of energy for the buses.

He also hoped the federal government will also play its part by upgrading the vehicle registration at Road Transport Department (JPJ) to include vehicles fuelled by hydrogen through water-based system.

Abang Johari also spoke about the possibility of Sarawak exporting hydrogen energy through Petros, as extra income for the state. He noted that scientific research is being done to make it possible to transport hydrogen almost in the same manner as LNG cylinders.

Signing the MoU today for SEDC was its general manager Soedirman Aini and witnessed by chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain, while Foshan Feichi Automobile was represented by its general manager Jiang Yong and witnessed by project director Lu Yong.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2230

Hydrogen buses to debut on Kuching roads by March 2019

Abang Johari (middle) looks on as Soedirman (second right) and Jiang (second left) exchange documents. Also in photo are Abdul Aziz (first right) and Lu. Photo by Chimon Upon

 

KUCHING: Hydrogen fuel cell buses are expected to make their much-awaited debut on the roads of Kuching city by March next year.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg disclosed that three units of buses will be used as pilot vehicles for the state.

“We will try three buses first, as part of our pilot project and research (to improve and provide better public transportation system),” he told reporters today after he witnessed the the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) and Foshan Feishi Automobile Manufacture Co Ltd China for the supply and delivery of these hydrogen fuel cell buses.

When asked on the cost of each bus, he said this is being negotiated but he assured that it will not be that expensive.

Earlier in his speech, Abang Johari said the state government is considering free rides for both locals and tourists to use these hydrogen-powered buses when they arrive for the trial run.

He also mentioned that the cost of such public transportation will be cheap, considering the fact that hydrogen is extracted from water, which is abundant in Sarawak. This is unlike other type of buses where costing is tied up to the global price of fossil fuel.

He added that the hydrogen production plant and fuelling station built by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) is now under construction and expected to be ready when the hydrogen fuel cell buses are delivered here.

“In Sarawak, sometimes the public can be quite skeptical. When we talk about hydrogen, they think about hydrogen bomb. I have to educate people first. That is why the pilot project is important.

“We can see the success of other countries such as Germany and China in implementing this. But we want to convince Sarawakians first,” he said.

He conceded that he had to slowdown or postpone the light rail transit (LRT) implemetation in Sarawak to enable more funds to be allocated to improve facilities and infrastructure in the rural areas.

Despite this, he was confident that Sarawak can still improve its public transportation particularly in the Kuching city by using hydrogen as source of energy for the buses.

He also hoped the federal government will also play its part by upgrading the vehicle registration at Road Transport Department (JPJ) to include vehicles fuelled by hydrogen through water-based system.

Abang Johari also spoke about the possibility of Sarawak exporting hydrogen energy through Petros, as extra income for the state. He noted that scientific research is being done to make it possible to transport hydrogen almost in the same manner as LNG cylinders.

Signing the MoU today for SEDC was its general manager Soedirman Aini and witnessed by chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Husain, while Foshan Feichi Automobile was represented by its general manager Jiang Yong and witnessed by project director Lu Yong.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2230

‘Politics need not dominate oil royalty talks’

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg says the issue of oil royalty needs to be discussed professionally between Petronas, representing the federal government, and Petros, which represents the Sarawak government.

He said politics must not be too dominant in the discussion, which was now ongoing between the two parties.

According to him, the discussion started following the Federal Court decision in June to dismiss Petronas’s proceeding to obtain court declaration to have exclusive ownership on oil and gas resources in the state.

Abang Johari delivering his speech.

“We leave it to professionals, let it be done professionally…politics must not be too dominant in the discussion. To me, let it (oil royalty) be discussed based on our right and how we benefit from oil and gas industry for the sake of the country and how Sarawak, which has the rights, can participate in the oil and gas industry…let it be discussed professionally,” Abang Johari said yesterday at the ‘Chief Minister with the media: The way forward’ event at Grand Margherita hotel here.

He pointed out that he would not want to make comments on the oil royalty as it could jeopardise the ongoing discussion.

“I do not want to be trapped into this argument (oil royalty) because there is now discussion between Petros and Petronas…I do not want to jeopardise their discussion, and Petros is exerting our right…let them work together,” he stressed, adding that the Sarawak government has the right to have regulatory control over its oil and gas.

Abang Johari also informed that whatever decision reached at the discussion would be referred to the federal government by Petronas, and to the state government by Petros.

Having said that, the chief minister stressed that the 20 per cent oil royalty should be based on production and not profits.

Abang Johari (seated fifth left) with Uggah (fourth left), Masing (third right), Morshidi (third left), Abdullah (second left) and Sharifah Hasidah (second right) in a photo call with the media practitioners after the function.

He further pointed out that there had been no communication between the federal and state governments about the oil royalty.

Thus, he said the ‘5 plus 20’ formula as mentioned by state Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Ching Chieng Jen was not from the federal government.

Chong, outside the Parliament on Monday, told reporters that while the five per cent royalty would be retained, the state would receive an additional 20 per cent in oil profits.

The chief minister also pointed out that when the state government rejected the offer in a memorandum sent by PH Sarawak to his office before the 14th general election, PH was not the government, adding that that memorandum was just from the party.

Abang Johari also stressed that the state would continue to fight for its rights based on rule of law as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), Federal Constitution and Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958.

“If that is our rights, that is our rights…nothing more, nothing less,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, the chief minister said there was a good working relationship between the federal and state government as demonstrated by the visit by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and several federal ministers to Sarawak.

He said the state government would support any policies made by the federal government, if they are good for the state and the people.

Abang Johari (left) taking question from Abdullah Saidol on stage. Abdullah is also the moderator for the event.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2189

‘Politics need not dominate oil royalty talks’

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg says the issue of oil royalty needs to be discussed professionally between Petronas, representing the federal government, and Petros, which represents the Sarawak government.

He said politics must not be too dominant in the discussion, which was now ongoing between the two parties.

According to him, the discussion started following the Federal Court decision in June to dismiss Petronas’s proceeding to obtain court declaration to have exclusive ownership on oil and gas resources in the state.

Abang Johari delivering his speech.

“We leave it to professionals, let it be done professionally…politics must not be too dominant in the discussion. To me, let it (oil royalty) be discussed based on our right and how we benefit from oil and gas industry for the sake of the country and how Sarawak, which has the rights, can participate in the oil and gas industry…let it be discussed professionally,” Abang Johari said yesterday at the ‘Chief Minister with the media: The way forward’ event at Grand Margherita hotel here.

He pointed out that he would not want to make comments on the oil royalty as it could jeopardise the ongoing discussion.

“I do not want to be trapped into this argument (oil royalty) because there is now discussion between Petros and Petronas…I do not want to jeopardise their discussion, and Petros is exerting our right…let them work together,” he stressed, adding that the Sarawak government has the right to have regulatory control over its oil and gas.

Abang Johari also informed that whatever decision reached at the discussion would be referred to the federal government by Petronas, and to the state government by Petros.

Having said that, the chief minister stressed that the 20 per cent oil royalty should be based on production and not profits.

Abang Johari (seated fifth left) with Uggah (fourth left), Masing (third right), Morshidi (third left), Abdullah (second left) and Sharifah Hasidah (second right) in a photo call with the media practitioners after the function.

He further pointed out that there had been no communication between the federal and state governments about the oil royalty.

Thus, he said the ‘5 plus 20’ formula as mentioned by state Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Ching Chieng Jen was not from the federal government.

Chong, outside the Parliament on Monday, told reporters that while the five per cent royalty would be retained, the state would receive an additional 20 per cent in oil profits.

The chief minister also pointed out that when the state government rejected the offer in a memorandum sent by PH Sarawak to his office before the 14th general election, PH was not the government, adding that that memorandum was just from the party.

Abang Johari also stressed that the state would continue to fight for its rights based on rule of law as stipulated in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), Federal Constitution and Oil Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958.

“If that is our rights, that is our rights…nothing more, nothing less,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, the chief minister said there was a good working relationship between the federal and state government as demonstrated by the visit by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and several federal ministers to Sarawak.

He said the state government would support any policies made by the federal government, if they are good for the state and the people.

Abang Johari (left) taking question from Abdullah Saidol on stage. Abdullah is also the moderator for the event.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2189

Petros and Petronas in discussion over S’wak’s share from O&G revenue – CM

Abang Johari speaking during the Meet The Media Session at Grand Margherita Hotel here today. Also seen on the right is Abdullah.

KUCHING: Petroleum Sarawak (Petros) and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) are currently in a discussion over Sarawak’s share from the oil and gas (O&G) revenue through royalty, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Dr Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“There is now a discussion between our side, Petros and Petronas. I do not want to jeopardise their discussion. Petros is asserting our rights, let them work together.

“They will report to federal and state governments, that is why I advised people against commenting too much on this,” he disclosed during Meet The Media Session at Grand Margherita Hotel here today which was moderated by Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs, Abdullah Saidol.

Although the Chief Minister did not delve much into the discussion between Petros and Petronas, he stressed that Sarawak must stick to its rights over oil and gas, particularly over regulatory control.

He confirmed that royalty is based on production and not profit.

On the ‘New Deal Agreement’ offered by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak to the Sarawak Government prior to the 14th General Election, Abang Johari commented: “The volume of 20 per cent royalty is what they (Pakatan Harapan Sarawak) promised and put in manifesto and nothing to do with us. It is their promise.

“Now they want to change their mind, not us, up to you la. But, I stick to our rights and we have OMO (Oil Mining Ordinance). I do not want to be dragged into this argument.”

Abang Johari said as far as he knew, the ‘New Deal Agreement’ came from a political party and not from the federal government.

“As far as I know, there was a memorandum sent to my office, at that time they were not government. This new deal is only from them as a political party and we as political party can also propose ours – our suggestions,” he said.

To further complicate matter, Abang Johari said that PH Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen is not even a member of Malaysia Cabinet because he is only the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2188

Petros and Petronas in discussion over S’wak’s share from O&G revenue – CM

Abang Johari speaking during the Meet The Media Session at Grand Margherita Hotel here today. Also seen on the right is Abdullah.

KUCHING: Petroleum Sarawak (Petros) and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) are currently in a discussion over Sarawak’s share from the oil and gas (O&G) revenue through royalty, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Dr Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“There is now a discussion between our side, Petros and Petronas. I do not want to jeopardise their discussion. Petros is asserting our rights, let them work together.

“They will report to federal and state governments, that is why I advised people against commenting too much on this,” he disclosed during Meet The Media Session at Grand Margherita Hotel here today which was moderated by Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs, Abdullah Saidol.

Although the Chief Minister did not delve much into the discussion between Petros and Petronas, he stressed that Sarawak must stick to its rights over oil and gas, particularly over regulatory control.

He confirmed that royalty is based on production and not profit.

On the ‘New Deal Agreement’ offered by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) Sarawak to the Sarawak Government prior to the 14th General Election, Abang Johari commented: “The volume of 20 per cent royalty is what they (Pakatan Harapan Sarawak) promised and put in manifesto and nothing to do with us. It is their promise.

“Now they want to change their mind, not us, up to you la. But, I stick to our rights and we have OMO (Oil Mining Ordinance). I do not want to be dragged into this argument.”

Abang Johari said as far as he knew, the ‘New Deal Agreement’ came from a political party and not from the federal government.

“As far as I know, there was a memorandum sent to my office, at that time they were not government. This new deal is only from them as a political party and we as political party can also propose ours – our suggestions,” he said.

To further complicate matter, Abang Johari said that PH Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen is not even a member of Malaysia Cabinet because he is only the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2188

Petros has no hand in Oman venture – CMO

Petros has nothing to do with the venture in Oman as alleged in Sarawak Report article. – File photo.

KUCHING: The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) today clarified the online portal Sarawak Report’s reference to Petros in its July 20 article has got nothing to do with the state-owned petroleum company.

The office in a press statement was referring to the article entitled “Taib’s Secret Interest in Sarawak’s Petros Venture”.

It was understood that the article has gone viral in many chat groups and the social media. The CMO statement too has also been uploaded in Facebook.

“With regards to the content of the article, this office wishes to clarify that Petros, the state oil company and co-regulator of the oil and gas industry in Sarawak have nothing to do with the venture in Oman as alleged in the article,” CMO statement said.

Though there was a MoU signed but it had lapsed and it was merely an understanding for Petros to assist should the company intended to invest in Sarawak, the CMO statement added.

At best the article is only a speculation in an attempt to smear PETROS’ image for reasons only known to Sarawak Report, the CMO statement claimed.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2146

Sarawak needs more to develop infrastructure, rural areas – Abang Johari

Abang Johari (second right) accompanies Taib (third left) upon his departure from the Sarawak Independence Day celebration today.

By Jeremy Veno

KUCHING: Sarawak needs four times the current quantum of allocation from the federal government in order to be able to develop good infrastructure throughout the length and breadth of Sarawak, especially in the rural areas.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg  who spoke at the opening of the Sarawak Independence Day celebration at the Celebration Square, Jalan Stadium today said this is why the state wants it rights over the oil and gas as a channel to derive more revenue for development.

“Our current strong financial reserve is partly the accumulation of revenue from the oil and gas industry on our shores,” said Abang Johari.

Sarawak he added can expect to earn more from the gas industry as the state now have a 10 per cent stake in LNG Train 9 and 25 per cent in LNG 3.

“This money will be given back to the people when we develop our rural water supply, construct more bridges and build more roads instead of just relying on the Federal Government which has the whole country to look after,” he added.

On another note, he also pointed out the victory of the Oil and Gas Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958 which gives Sarawak the full regulatory power overall persons and companies, including Petronas, involved in the activities of oil and gas, on shore and offshore, in Sarawak.

“We have gone to the Federal Court against Petronas and the court has declined to give leave to Petronas to declare that OMO 1958 is not valid. This initial victory was the victory of the people of Sarawak,” he added.

OMO 1958 he added is also the main reason why Petros was formed to become the regulatory power over Sarawak’s oil and gas activities.

Abang Johari however assured that the State Government will always be very rational and business friendly in its dealing with Petronas as the national oil company.

“We also want to be always reasonable with all other players in the industry as any attitude to the contrary will not benefit Sarawak and the nation as a whole,” he added.

On another note, Abang Johari also reiterated that there is no need for Sarawak to exit Malaysia.

“Being in Malaysia does not mean that we cannot ask for our legal rights based on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Constitution. I believe now with our political independence through GPS we have a better and stronger platform to voice our opinion freely to protect the interest of Sarawak,” he added.

Also present were Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib, Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan as well as other state and federal dignitaries.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2142

Petros has no hand in Oman venture – CMO

Petros has nothing to do with the venture in Oman as alleged in Sarawak Report article. – File photo.

KUCHING: The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) today clarified the online portal Sarawak Report’s reference to Petros in its July 20 article has got nothing to do with the state-owned petroleum company.

The office in a press statement was referring to the article entitled “Taib’s Secret Interest in Sarawak’s Petros Venture”.

It was understood that the article has gone viral in many chat groups and the social media. The CMO statement too has also been uploaded in Facebook.

“With regards to the content of the article, this office wishes to clarify that Petros, the state oil company and co-regulator of the oil and gas industry in Sarawak have nothing to do with the venture in Oman as alleged in the article,” CMO statement said.

Though there was a MoU signed but it had lapsed and it was merely an understanding for Petros to assist should the company intended to invest in Sarawak, the CMO statement added.

At best the article is only a speculation in an attempt to smear PETROS’ image for reasons only known to Sarawak Report, the CMO statement claimed.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2146

Sarawak needs more to develop infrastructure, rural areas – Abang Johari

Abang Johari (second right) accompanies Taib (third left) upon his departure from the Sarawak Independence Day celebration today.

By Jeremy Veno

KUCHING: Sarawak needs four times the current quantum of allocation from the federal government in order to be able to develop good infrastructure throughout the length and breadth of Sarawak, especially in the rural areas.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg  who spoke at the opening of the Sarawak Independence Day celebration at the Celebration Square, Jalan Stadium today said this is why the state wants it rights over the oil and gas as a channel to derive more revenue for development.

“Our current strong financial reserve is partly the accumulation of revenue from the oil and gas industry on our shores,” said Abang Johari.

Sarawak he added can expect to earn more from the gas industry as the state now have a 10 per cent stake in LNG Train 9 and 25 per cent in LNG 3.

“This money will be given back to the people when we develop our rural water supply, construct more bridges and build more roads instead of just relying on the Federal Government which has the whole country to look after,” he added.

On another note, he also pointed out the victory of the Oil and Gas Mining Ordinance (OMO) 1958 which gives Sarawak the full regulatory power overall persons and companies, including Petronas, involved in the activities of oil and gas, on shore and offshore, in Sarawak.

“We have gone to the Federal Court against Petronas and the court has declined to give leave to Petronas to declare that OMO 1958 is not valid. This initial victory was the victory of the people of Sarawak,” he added.

OMO 1958 he added is also the main reason why Petros was formed to become the regulatory power over Sarawak’s oil and gas activities.

Abang Johari however assured that the State Government will always be very rational and business friendly in its dealing with Petronas as the national oil company.

“We also want to be always reasonable with all other players in the industry as any attitude to the contrary will not benefit Sarawak and the nation as a whole,” he added.

On another note, Abang Johari also reiterated that there is no need for Sarawak to exit Malaysia.

“Being in Malaysia does not mean that we cannot ask for our legal rights based on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and the Constitution. I believe now with our political independence through GPS we have a better and stronger platform to voice our opinion freely to protect the interest of Sarawak,” he added.

Also present were Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and his wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Ragad Kurdi Taib, Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan as well as other state and federal dignitaries.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=2142

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