DAP: Sarawak must bring 2 Acts on oil and gas rights to court

Bukit Assek rep Irene Chang urges Sarawak CM Abang Johari to bring matter to state assembly for a vote on having federal laws declared null and void in court.

PETALING JAYA: A Sarawak DAP leader says the only way for Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg to redeem himself following his claim that the Petroleum Development Act 1976 (PDA) and the Territorial Sea Act 2012 (TSA) are null and void is by taking the issue to court.

Irene Mary Chang, who is Sarawak DAP director of women’s affairs’ bureau, said it was wrong of Johari to say that these two laws are not applicable in Sarawak anymore following his announcement on Tuesday that the state would assume full regulatory authority over the upstream and downstream aspects of the oil and gas industry in Sarawak.

“To declare these two legislations as null and void and therefore have no application in Sarawak, the CM has to first bring the matter before the Courts of Law for such a declaration.

“And until the Courts declare as such, the acts are in force and are applicable in Sarawak. To say otherwise is to give people false hope and the state government owes it to the people to set the matter right,” she said.

The Bukit Assek assemblywoman further questioned if the state government would do the right thing by taking the issue to the state legislative assembly to pass a motion to review the two Acts and thereafter to get a Court Order to declare them as null and void and are therefore not applicable in Sarawak.

“Does the state BN government have the political will to go up to the prime minister and the Federal Government to do this?

“Have they got the political courage to go up to their masters in the peninsula to tell them that since they believe that the Acts are not applicable, Petronas should immediately cease operation in Sarawak waters?

“Or are they just going to continue to allow Petronas and Putrajaya to continue swallowing up a major chunk of the revenues earned from our oil and gas and to accept a mere 5% royalty in return,” Chang asked.

She added that it was time for the state government to come clean and admit that they had allowed daylight robbery to be committed in Sarawak for the past 44 years.

“They need to prove their sincerity in claiming back what rightfully belongs to Sarawak.

“The state government might even have the legal right to demand for the return of all the revenues earned from the resources from 1974 until now,” she said.

DAP: Abang Johari ignorant of country’s legal system

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

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/03/10/dap-sarawak-must-bring-2-acts-on-oil-and-gas-rights-to-court/

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/

‘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/

Sejarah industri minyak, gas Sarawak bermula dengan telaga ‘Old Lady’

Telaga minyak pertama di Sarawak yang dikenali sebagai 'Old Lady' di Miri mula beroperasi pada 22 Disember 1910.

Gambar Youtube.

KUCHING: Sejarah perjalanan Sarawak dalam industri minyak dan gas bermula dengan pengoperasian telaga minyak pertama yang dikenali sebagai “Old Lady” di Miri pada 22 Disember 1910.

Kilang penapisan minyak pertama Sarawak dibina Shell di Tanjung Lobang, Miri, dan kemudiannya berpindah ke Lutong, Miri.

Pada 1920, Rajah mengeluarkan apa yang dikenali sebagai “Perintah Konsesi Shell” yang menetapkan kawasan di Miri sebagai penerokaan dan perlombongan minyak oleh Sarawak Oilfields Limited, dimiliki Shell.

Pada 1930-an, Belanda dan British memulakan penerokaan luar pesisir minyak Baram.

Pada 1952, kerajaan penjajah Sarawak mengeluarkan pajakan minyak dalam bentuk surat ikatan kepada Medan Minyak Sarawak, memberikan syarikat kebebasan, hak dan keistimewaan untuk meneroka dan mengendalikan semua petroleum yang terletak di dalam atau di bawah atau di seluruh wilayah yang terdiri daripada jajahan Sarawak, termasuk tanah di bawah semua perairan wilayah.

Pada 1954, Queen-in-Council meluluskan Perintah Sarawak (Perubahan Sempadan) untuk memperluaskan sempadan Sarawak bagi memasukkan dasar laut dan tanah bawahnya yang terletak di bawah laut bersebelahan perairan wilayah Sarawak.

Pada 1958, Majlis Negeri (kini dikenali sebagai Dewan Undangan Negeri) meluluskan Ordinan Perlombongan Minyak bagi menyediakan peruntukan lebih baik dalam undang-undang berkaitan perlombongan minyak di Sarawak dan pelantar benuanya.

Pada 1960, penerokaan berkembang dari darat ke luar pesisir, dengan Orient Explorer menjadi pelantar penggerudian mudah alih pertama yang digunakan.

Pada 1963, medan Baram menjadi medan luar pesisir pertama, dan pada 1965, Miri menjadi bandar pertama dengan sistem paip gas.

Pada 1968, West Lutong mengeluarkan minyak luar pesisir pertamanya.

Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd diperbadankan pada 1978, dan kargo eksport pertama dihantar pada Januari 1983.

Pada 1979, Terminal Minyak Mentah Bintulu menjadi projek perindustrian utama pertama memulakan pembinaan di Tanjung Kidurong, dan pada tahun berikutnya, Asean Bintulu Fertiliser ditubuhkan dan mula beroperasi pada 1985.

Pada 1986, Shell Middle Distillate Synthesis, loji gas kepada cecair (GTL) pertama dunia diperbadankan dan mula beroperasi pada 1993.

Pada 2016, kemudahan pertama LNG terapung di dunia oleh Petronas menghasilkan gas pertamanya dan pada 2017, Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) milik kerajaan negeri diperbadankan.

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

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2018/03/07/sejarah-industri-minyak-gas-sarawak-bermula-dengan-telaga-old-lady/

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

Sarawak akan mengambil alih kuasa seliaan penuh ke atas aspek huluan dan hiliran menjelang Julai tahun ini.

KUCHING: Sarawak akan mengambil alih kuasa seliaan penuh ke atas aspek huluan dan hiliran industri minyak dan gas menjelang Julai tahun ini, sebahagian daripada penurunan kuasa daripada kerajaan persekutuan.

Ini diumumkan oleh Ketua Menteri Datuk Abang Johari Openg ketika melancarkan Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) malam ini.

Katanya, Sarawak akan mengeksploitasi sumber minyak dan gas asli sebagaimana diperuntukkan Senarai Negeri dalam Jadual 9 Perlembagaan Persekutuan.

Penurunan kuasa itu selaras dengan persetujuan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak untuk mengembalikan kepada Sarawak kuasa yang diperuntukkan dalam Perjanjian Malaysia 1963 (MA63) yang terhakis secara tidak sengaja sejak beberapa tahun lalu.

Ketua menteri berkata pembentukan Petros dan pelaksanaan hak perlembagaan bawah Perkara 2(c) Senarai Negeri dan 8(j) Senarai Persekutuan sebagaimana diperuntukkan Jadual 9 Perlembagaan Persekutuan hasil rundingan penurunan kuasa antara kerajaan negeri dan persekutuan.

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/bahasa/2018/03/06/abang-johari-sarawak-kini-berkuasa-penuh-ke-atas-industri-minyak-gas/

Sarawak left out of new gas deal by Petronas

Writer questions why newly-formed state entity Petros isn't participating in Petronas' offshore Beryl field development, which was awarded to Japanese firm.

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By Adam K

It was reported last month that Petronas had awarded the new field development plan (FDP) of the Beryl gas field off the Sarawak coast in October 2017 to JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration (Nippon Oil).

So, the Japanese firm and Petronas Carigali will form another joint venture on the development, production and monetisation of Sarawak’s gas reserves.

It is uncertain how Petros, the newly-formed state entity formed by the Sarawak state government in June last year to participate in oil and gas activities, will participate or enjoy, if at all, any of the returns generated by the production and sale of the gas from the Beryl field development.

Likewise, for the gas produced from the other Nippon Oil and Petronas Carigali fields of Layang and Helang, situated adjacent to Beryl.

The gas produced in these three fields are piped and sold to the Petronas liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Bintulu, Sarawak.

Contrary to what the Sarawak state government had been saying earlier, it appears Petros has not announced any interest in this new gas block for development.

It is also uncertain if Petros or any Sarawak company will participate or benefit from the service contracts in the development and production of the new Beryl gas field, and the producing adjacent fields of Layang and Helang, linked to Beryl, including the major FPSO contracts for Layang and the fabrication contracts for the Beryl platform.

To participate in the Beryl field development, Petros must have a stake in the PSC (Petroleum Sharing Contract), like Petronas Carigali, while Nippon Oil remains the contractor or the field operator responsible for the development and production of the Beryl gas field.

Petros should also have a similar stake in the Layang and Helang gas fields, together with Petronas Carigali and Nippon Oil.

For Sarawak’s interest to be fairly represented, it would be reasonable for Petros to also sit in the joint management committee for the Beryl, Layang and Helang gas fields.

This key interest in the joint management will allow Petros to ensure fair representation of Sarawak companies in the major service contracts like the FPSO, fabrication, installation and offshore marine vessels.

Such direct participation by Petros will also allow for the capability-building process to take place. This is required in order to help the local Sarawak population develop the competencies needed.

Until Petros participates in the exploration and production of the oil and gas blocks in Sarawak, Petros will not be able to develop the competencies to be a real oil and gas player in Sarawak.

Adam K is an FMT reader.

The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

Japanese firm wins oil and gas field rights off Sarawak coast

Introducing Petros – Sarawak’s own oil & gas company

Sarawak to form state company for oil and gas exploration

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2018/01/02/sarawak-left-out-of-new-gas-deal-by-petronas/

Don’t delay naming non-Muslim Dayak to Petros’ board, Sarawak CM urged

Sarawak DAP says it is “unacceptable” not to make the appointment 100 days after the state government announced it would look for a suitable candidate.

PETALING JAYA: DAP today accused Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg of not being serious in wanting to appoint a non-Muslim Dayak to the board of directors of Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros), the newly formed state oil and gas company.

Abdul Aziz Isa, the special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen, said it was “unacceptable” to delay the appointment 100 days after the state government announced it would look for a suitable non-Muslim Dayak to be included in the board of Petros.

“Why is it so difficult to name at least one non-Muslim Dayak to the Petros BoD? Why does it take so long to look for a professional and an educated non-Muslim Dayak?” Aziz said in a statement today.

Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah said in Kuching on Aug 30 that he had been tasked by Abang Johari to identify the right candidate, several days after the chief minister named the board of directors without the inclusion of a non-Muslim Dayak member.

The issue sparked widespread dissatisfaction within the community and went viral on social media.

However, Uggah said he believed it would not be easy to find the right candidate from the non-Muslim Bumiputera community to be part of the Petros board, as many criteria needed to be fulfilled.

“There are a few names being recommended but we must first make sure that the person is really qualified. We nevertheless hope to find the suitable person soon,” he was quoted as saying in the Sarawak media.

Aziz dismissed the state’s contention, pointing out that many Dayaks were employed by big oil and gas companies such as Shell and Petronas.

“They even have experience working in other countries such as United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Sudan, Brazil, Canada, and even in Russia. Some of them even hold managerial positions in these oil and gas companies.

“It seems that Abang Jo is not serious in bringing fairness and justice to the Dayak community. It has been a well-known fact that despite being the majority in the state, the Dayaks have been systematically discriminated by the state government policies in almost every level.

“Their contributions seem to be denied by the state government and the composition in Petros’ BoD proves just another case of lopsided representation and racial imbalance.

“Once again, the majority is being grossly under-represented while the minority is being over-represented.”

Aziz urged the state government, particularly the chief minister, not to delay the inclusion of a non-Muslim Dayak in Petros’ board in order to “shield the state government from accusations of discrimination and marginalisation of the Dayaks as the major ethnic group”.

The Chief Minister’s Office has said the primary objective of setting up Petros was to enable Sarawak to participate in upstream oil and gas development, particularly in the exploration and extraction of oil and gas within Sarawak’s waters.

The initiative is also in line with Sarawak’s goal to create better job opportunities for local talents and attract Sarawak talents that are currently serving outside the state, it added.

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/12/04/dont-delay-naming-non-muslim-dayak-to-petros-board-sarawak-cm-urged/

Sarawak CM: Petros board members must be very experienced

Abang Johari says skills and experience are vital for the oil and gas industry to grow.

KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister 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 to the 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’s Office had recently announced the appointment of former state secretary 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 company Sapura Resources Bhd since March last year.

The other Petros board members announced are 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 criticism from the Dayak community (Iban and Bidayuh) for not appointing representatives from the two communities.

Following the widespread criticism in the social media, Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah had said the chief minister had given him the task to look for a qualified Dayak to be on the board.

The chief minister also reminded these individuals and groups not to play with religious issues 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 the search 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.

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/09/02/sarawak-cm-petros-board-members-must-be-very-experienced/

Assistant minister denies U-turn on Petros board members

Abdullah Saidol insists the decision to include a Dayak on the board of directors had been part of the plan from the beginning.

PETALING JAYA: A Sarawak assistant minister today denied that the decision to include a Dayak on the board of directors of state-owned oil and gas company Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) was due to online pressure.

Assistant Minister of Corporate Affairs Abdullah Saidol said the introduction of the new member had been planned before the board of directors was announced.

“But at that particular point of time, I think the chief minister was still waiting for a response from a few potential board members, particularly to represent the Dayak.

“It was never due to pressure from social media that the chief minister introduced a new member to the Petros board,” he was quoted as saying by the Borneo Post.

The racial make-up of Petros’ board of directors came under fire last week following Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg’s announcement of Hamid Bugo as chairman and Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Sharbini Suhaili, Zuraimi Sabki and Heng Hock Cheng as other board members.

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) had pointed out that there were many highly-qualified Iban and Bidayuh holding various prominent positions in Sarawak Shell Berhad and Petronas.

“The exclusion of Iban or Bidayuh representatives from the Petros’ board of directors is one of many classic examples of lack of political manoeuvring by our Iban and Bidayuh leaders,” the party had said.

Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah subsequently said he had been tasked by Abang Johari to identify a non-Muslim Bumiputera candidate for the board.

“I was told by the chief minister a few hours ago to do so. He now wants a non-Muslim Bumiputera member on the board of Petros,” Douglas was quoted as saying by the Borneo Post.

However, Abdullah said Douglas’ statement had been misconstrued, insisting that the decision was not due to the online backlash.

Abang Johari announced the formation of Petros on Aug 6.

He said then that its board members would comprise Sarawakian professionals within the industry.

He added that there would be no politicians on the board, and that only those with substantial experience in the oil and gas industry would be chosen to serve in it.

Sarawak agrees to non-Muslim Bumiputera for Petros board

Dayak party questions racial makeup of Petros board

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/08/29/assistant-minister-denies-u-turn-on-petros-board-members/

Sarawak agrees to non-Muslim Bumiputera for Petros board

State government relents, says it is looking for the 'right candidate' from among Iban, Bidayuh community to be on the board of state-owned oil and gas company.

PETALING JAYA: The Sarawak government has relented to pressure from non-Muslim Bumiputeras by agreeing to appoint someone from their community to the board of Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros).

Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah told the media in Kuching last night that he had been tasked by Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg with identifying the right candidate.

However, he did not give any timeline for when such a person would be identified.

“I was told by the CM a few hours ago to do so. He now wants a non-Muslim Bumiputera member on the board of Petros,” Douglas was quoted as saying by the Borneo Post.

He agreed that there was a need to appoint at least one non-Muslim Bumiputera board member, especially after the issue went viral on social media with many Sarawakians disappointed that the large non-Muslim Bumiputera community had been sidelined from any leadership role in the state-owned oil and gas company.

However, Douglas said he believed that it would not be easy to find the right candidate from the non-Muslim Bumiputera community to be part of the Petros board, as many criteria needed to be fulfilled.

“There are a few names being recommended but we must first make sure that the person is really qualified. We nevertheless hope to find the suitable person soon,” he was quoted as saying by the Sarawak-based daily.

On Thursday, the Sarawak CM’s Office announced the appointment of Hamid Bugo as chairman of Petros.

It said the other board members appointed were Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Sharbini Suhaili, Zuraimi Sabki and Heng Hock Cheng.

In response, on Friday, Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) questioned the racial makeup of the board of directors in Petros, a wholly state-owned company.

The party said there were many highly-qualified Iban and Bidayuh holding various prominent positions in Sarawak Shell Berhad and Petronas.

“The exclusion of Iban or Bidayuh representatives on the Petros’ board of directors is one of many classic examples of lack of political manoeuvring by our Iban and Bidayuh leaders,” the party said.

“Foreign petroleum organisations have acknowledged the capabilities of the two communities in the industry.”

Abang Johari announced the formation of Petros on Aug 6.

He said then that its board members would comprise Sarawakian professionals within the industry.

He added that there would be no politicians on the board, and that only those with substantial experience in the oil and gas industry would be chosen to serve in it.

Petros is currently searching for a candidate for chief executive officer and other key management positions to enable it to be operational by the first quarter of 2018.

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Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/08/28/sarawak-agrees-to-non-muslim-bumiputera-for-petros-board/

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