CEO of Pemandu Associates confirms he has not been approached to sit on the board of Petroleum Sarawak, but CEO of Bintulu Port Holdings Medan Abdullah is said to be in.
KUCHING: Idris Jala, the chief executive officer of Pemandu Associates, has not been approached to sit on the five-member board of newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak (Petros).
The Borneo Post reported that he had replied in the negative when asked by newsmen whether he had been approached to be on the board.
He said this at the launch of the International Conference on Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Sarawak 2017 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching yesterday.
The Borneo Post had earlier speculated that Idris and chief executive officer of Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd, Mohammad Medan Abdullah were among the possible professionals who might sit on the board of Petros.
The report said a reliable source had since revealed that Medan had indeed been picked.
Medan had earlier worked for more than 30 years with Petronas, including as head of Petronas’ group corporate affairs division and a member of its management committee.
The other names mentioned by the Borneo Post included Heng Hock Cheng, Wee Yiaw Hin, Isaac Lugun, State Secretary Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani and Anthony @ Firdauz Bujang.
Meanwhile, the Borneo Post quoted academic Karambir Singh as suggesting that Miri be made the headquarters of Petros.
“Considering that the oil and gas industry has been in Miri for more than a century, it is highly convincing that a lot of Mirians have good knowledge and experience in the industry. This factor alone will ensure that Petros will have very good, experienced and knowledgeable people, if it is based here,” he told the Borneo Post.
Karambir, who worked in the oil and gas industry before becoming a lecturer in business and management, said Petros would have the advantage of proximity to actual oil and gas activities if it were to be based in Miri.
“Miri is strategically located, nearer to the offshore fields. Bintulu is just two and half hours’ drive away from here, whilst Labuan is just an hour (by) flight away from here,” he said.