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.

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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/

2017 The Year That Was

In memoriam: Pehin Sri Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem (Jan 27, 1944 – Jan 11, 2017).

IT was a sad beginning to 2017 for Sarawak with the untimely passing of former chief minister Pehin Sri Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem on Jan 11 — 10 days before his 73rd birthday.

Adenan was appointed the fifth chief minister of Sarawak on Feb 28, 2014.

His wife, Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, related that a few days before his death, Adenan had said he loved Sarawak and wanted the people to love and care for the state as much as he had.

Jamilah recalled her husband was cheerful in the last few hours before he breathed his last.

“He decided to take a bath and put on new clothes before asking to be seated facing the view of the forests from his room.

“He then asked Wan Khalik Wan Muhammad (his private secretary) to read to him what was going on in the state, including matters pertaining to state autonomy, particularly on education and English,” she told The Borneo Post at her residence when a team from the paper went to pay their last respects to the great man.

Indeed, it is not an overstatement to say Adenan’s last wishes — consistent with what he was doing during his tenure – shaped the direction for Sarawak in 2017 as well as moving forward.

Without any doubt, Adenan loved Sarawak.

Although he served a little less than three years, he had laid a strong foundation and set a clear direction for his successors and Sarawakians as a whole to continue with the pursuit — and eventual fulfilment — of the state’s aspirations, particularly on the reinstatement of Sarawak’s autonomous rights and its status as an equal partner in Malaysia.

Jamilah unable to contain her emotions upon receiving the state colours from Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. — Photo by Kong Jun Liung

Abang Johari sworn in as Sarawak’s sixth chief minister

Abang Johari signs a document to mark his first day at the Chief Minister’s Office, witnessed by Wan Khalik.

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg was sworn in as Sarawak’s sixth chief minister on Jan 13.

Abang Johari, 66, is the youngest son of the first Head of State, the late Tun Abang Openg Sapiee and Toh Puan Hajah Masniah Abdulrahman.

Prior to his appointment as chief minister, he held three state cabinet portfolios — Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of Housing and Urbanisation, as well as Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

As chief minister, he also automatically assumes the presidency of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the backbone of the state Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He was previously the deputy president.

The chief minister – known to many as ‘Abang Jo’ is from a prominent and influential family, and has been involved in politics since 1977.

He has held the Satok seat since 1981 and is a nine-term assemblyman for that constituency.

Abang Jo calls himself the ‘New Captain of Team Adenan’ and has vowed to follow through on the late chief minister’s programmes for the betterment of the state; albeit with ‘a little of my own style’.

“I will carry on Tok Nan’s (Adenan’s) legacy. Maybe there would be a little change because I cannot be a clone.

“Just like Tok Nan’s ‘Ooh-ha You-You’ — even if I were to emulate him, I would not be able to say it exactly like he did.

“So I will have my own approach, but the fundamental is the same. Of course, we want to improve and the emphasis is still on rural development,” he said when launching the Kuching North City Commission Agenda 2017 on Feb 6.

Abang Jo has made clear his stance on continuing Adenan’s policies, including conservation of forests, continuation of coastal highway projects, fight for state autonomy and restoration of the rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), continuous pursuit of 20 per cent oil and gas royalties, as well as maintaining of English as the second official language.

In his first year as head of the state government, Abang Jo has shown that he has the will, wisdom and vision to take Sarawak to the next level of development and progress.

In the political arena, he cleared his first hurdle as chief minister, PBB president and leader of the state BN in the Tanjong Datu by-election, which was called following Adenan’s passing.

In a three-cornered fight, BN candidate Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu — Adenan’s widow — won a landslide victory with a thumping 6,443-vote majority.

Act 355

The state also adopted a firm stance by rejecting the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 – commonly known as Act 355.

“What we suggest is to look at it judiciously. We fear there are discriminatory elements. This is syariah law, nothing to do with hudud. But the only thing we are concerned about is the penalty.

“For example, if I were caught stealing with another friend, who is a non-Muslim, and I am a Muslim. The penalty for me could be higher than his in the syariah court.

“But under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution, everybody is equal in the eyes of the law,” he explained at a press conference on March 18.

“So, there must be no discriminatory penalty because we are all equal. He’s Malaysian and I am Malaysian. And though he’s a non-Muslim and

I am a Muslim, the penalty must be equal.”

Abang Jo’s unequivocal stance on the issue, coupled with opposition from the other state BN component parties to the bill, contributed to it being dropped as a government bill.

Launch of Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS)

Abang Johari (third right) unveils the DBOS logo, witnessed by (from right) Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Uggah, former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh. — Photo by Chimon Upon

The DBOS was officially launched on Nov 3 to ensure continued balance between the state’s investments and savings in the effort to speed up development.

“Economists know if we don’t use our reserves to invest, it is also costs called opportunity costs — meaning costs of lost opportunities because we did nothing to our money.

“Opportunity costs do not appear in the account books but it’s important in the decision-making process. What I mean is there is a need to ensure a balance between our reserves and investments without depleting our reserves. This is the primary role the Development Bank of Sarawak,” Abang Jo said at the official launching of DBOS.

Research on MA63

A team of lawyers travelled to London to search for studies and references related to the state’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Abang Jo said this was a sequel to Adenan’s efforts to regain state rights as embodied in MA63.

“This agreement (MA63) is not simply an agreement — we want to get the facts right because if we want to make a claim, we must do our homework; otherwise, we are just shooting at the target without hitting it,” he pointed out.

While in London, the research team found documents on the ‘Continental Shelf’, confirming the ownership rights of the state to the natural resources on the seabed and in the subsoil of the Continental Shelf within the boundaries of Sarawak as defined in the ‘Order in Council’.

Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, who led the team to London, said these were among the findings they had come across through research and study of the documents, which originated from Sarawak before Sept 16, 1963, but were classified by the Colonial Administration as ‘secret’ and ‘confidential’.

“These documents form what’s termed as the ‘Migrated Archives’ — those that have been declassified by UK government and stored in the British National Archives.

“The documents were no longer in the custody of the state government after Sept 16, 1963,” she said in a press statement on Aug 9 after the research team had briefed the chief minister on their findings.

Additionally, Sharifah Hasidah said they had obtained British Government Cabinet Papers relating to the Cobbold Commission’s Report and its views on granting Sarawak’s independence with regard to the formation of the new Federation of Malaysia — apart from documents

on the formation of Malaysia, including minutes of meetings of the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC), leading to the publication of the IGC Report.

“Copies of these documents have been obtained by the team from the British National Archives and the Commonwealth Library and Archive at Marlborough House in London.

“The government is studying them to ascertain the basis for the recommendations contained in the IGC Report regarding the constitutional safeguards for Sarawak and what further actions that need to be taken in order to have them fully implemented under Article VIII of the Malaysia Agreement — if they have not already been incorporated in the Federal Constitution or by executive, legislative or other action since Sept 16, 1963.”

Sharifah Hasidah also said the documents, obtained by the team, would add strength to the state’s position in discussions with federal government on devolution of powers (DOP) and towards resolution of various constitutional matters under deliberation in these discussions.

NCR Land

The Native Customary Rights (NCR) land issue continues to be a much-debated topic, and the state government has pledged to continue to assist in resolving it.

A special taskforce, headed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, was set up to address the various issues affecting NCR land status such as ‘pulau galau’ (forest reserves) and ‘pemakai menoa’ (territorial / communal domain), which the Federal Court has ruled as having ‘no force of law’.

On Nov 13, some 1,000 people gathered at the Old Courthouse near Kuching Waterfront for a peaceful NCR land rally, aimed at creating public awareness of the frustration of the natives of Sarawak over the alleged exploitation of their native land.

Local opposition pact formalised

DAP Sarawak, PKR Sarawak and Amanah Sarawak officially formed a coalition called Pakatan Harapan Sarawak to take on BN in all the 31 parliamentary seats across the state in the 14th general election (GE14).

In a joint press statement, DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, PKR Sarawak chairman Baru Bian and Amanah Sarawak chairman Fidzuan Zaidi also disclosed that they had concluded seat allocation negotiations among the three parties for GE14.

ICT quantum leap

The Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) was launched on Dec 13 with the unveiling of the first version of the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy Book 2018-2022, heralding the digitalisation transformation of the state to be at the forefront of the digital world.

SMA, as the lead authority for Sarawak’s digital economy transformation, would oversee and regulate the state’s digital strategies and initiatives.

“2030 is the year we want Sarawak to be a developed state in Malaysia with a high-income economy. There must not be any rural and urban divide by then; hence digital connectivity is important,” Abang Jo said at the launch ceremony.

Sarawak’s O&G company Petros

The chief minister announced the appointment of Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Hamid Bugo as chairman of the newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) on Aug 25.

Hamid is a former state secretary and has worked with Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd in Bintulu.

The board members are Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Sharbini Suhaili, Zuraimi Sabki and Heng Hock Cheng.

The primary object of setting up Petros is to enable Sarawak to participate in upstream oil and gas development, particularly the exploration and extraction of oil and gas within Sarawak’s waters.

This initiative is in line with the state’s aspiration to create better job opportunities for local talents and to attract Sarawak talents and expertise currently serving outside the state.

DUN revokes Dr Ting’s status

Dr Ting speaks to reporters outside the court in Kuching.

On May 12, the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) resolved to disqualify Dr Ting Tiong Choon (DAP-Pujut) as an elected representative over the issue of his purported dual citizenship.

This followed an overwhelming 70 votes from BN assemblymen in favour of a ministerial motion to the effect, tabled by Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.

Dr Ting sunsequently filed an Originating Summons in the High Court on June 7 to challenge the decision.

The High Court overturned the ministerial motion and reinstated Dr Ting. An appeal by the government is pending.

Continuing the legacy

Sarawak is helmed by a seasoned and experienced politician who has embarked on a series of transformation initiatives, despite being in the office for less than one year.

Abang Jo’s repeated assurances that Adenan’s key achievements would serve as a strong impetus for the government to propel Sarawak to greater heights, should motivate and inspire the state to move forward and face the future with confidence.

Abang Jo will no doubt continue to administer the state with foresight and judiciousness to ensure continued development, progress and prosperity for the people in this ‘Fair Land Sarawak’.

Source: https://cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1827

2017 The Year That Was

In memoriam: Pehin Sri Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem (Jan 27, 1944 – Jan 11, 2017).

IT was a sad beginning to 2017 for Sarawak with the untimely passing of former chief minister Pehin Sri Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem on Jan 11 — 10 days before his 73rd birthday.

Adenan was appointed the fifth chief minister of Sarawak on Feb 28, 2014.

His wife, Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu, related that a few days before his death, Adenan had said he loved Sarawak and wanted the people to love and care for the state as much as he had.

Jamilah recalled her husband was cheerful in the last few hours before he breathed his last.

“He decided to take a bath and put on new clothes before asking to be seated facing the view of the forests from his room.

“He then asked Wan Khalik Wan Muhammad (his private secretary) to read to him what was going on in the state, including matters pertaining to state autonomy, particularly on education and English,” she told The Borneo Post at her residence when a team from the paper went to pay their last respects to the great man.

Indeed, it is not an overstatement to say Adenan’s last wishes — consistent with what he was doing during his tenure – shaped the direction for Sarawak in 2017 as well as moving forward.

Without any doubt, Adenan loved Sarawak.

Although he served a little less than three years, he had laid a strong foundation and set a clear direction for his successors and Sarawakians as a whole to continue with the pursuit — and eventual fulfilment — of the state’s aspirations, particularly on the reinstatement of Sarawak’s autonomous rights and its status as an equal partner in Malaysia.

Jamilah unable to contain her emotions upon receiving the state colours from Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. — Photo by Kong Jun Liung

Abang Johari sworn in as Sarawak’s sixth chief minister

Abang Johari signs a document to mark his first day at the Chief Minister’s Office, witnessed by Wan Khalik.

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg was sworn in as Sarawak’s sixth chief minister on Jan 13.

Abang Johari, 66, is the youngest son of the first Head of State, the late Tun Abang Openg Sapiee and Toh Puan Hajah Masniah Abdulrahman.

Prior to his appointment as chief minister, he held three state cabinet portfolios — Deputy Chief Minister, Minister of Housing and Urbanisation, as well as Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

As chief minister, he also automatically assumes the presidency of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the backbone of the state Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. He was previously the deputy president.

The chief minister – known to many as ‘Abang Jo’ is from a prominent and influential family, and has been involved in politics since 1977.

He has held the Satok seat since 1981 and is a nine-term assemblyman for that constituency.

Abang Jo calls himself the ‘New Captain of Team Adenan’ and has vowed to follow through on the late chief minister’s programmes for the betterment of the state; albeit with ‘a little of my own style’.

“I will carry on Tok Nan’s (Adenan’s) legacy. Maybe there would be a little change because I cannot be a clone.

“Just like Tok Nan’s ‘Ooh-ha You-You’ — even if I were to emulate him, I would not be able to say it exactly like he did.

“So I will have my own approach, but the fundamental is the same. Of course, we want to improve and the emphasis is still on rural development,” he said when launching the Kuching North City Commission Agenda 2017 on Feb 6.

Abang Jo has made clear his stance on continuing Adenan’s policies, including conservation of forests, continuation of coastal highway projects, fight for state autonomy and restoration of the rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), continuous pursuit of 20 per cent oil and gas royalties, as well as maintaining of English as the second official language.

In his first year as head of the state government, Abang Jo has shown that he has the will, wisdom and vision to take Sarawak to the next level of development and progress.

In the political arena, he cleared his first hurdle as chief minister, PBB president and leader of the state BN in the Tanjong Datu by-election, which was called following Adenan’s passing.

In a three-cornered fight, BN candidate Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu — Adenan’s widow — won a landslide victory with a thumping 6,443-vote majority.

Act 355

The state also adopted a firm stance by rejecting the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 – commonly known as Act 355.

“What we suggest is to look at it judiciously. We fear there are discriminatory elements. This is syariah law, nothing to do with hudud. But the only thing we are concerned about is the penalty.

“For example, if I were caught stealing with another friend, who is a non-Muslim, and I am a Muslim. The penalty for me could be higher than his in the syariah court.

“But under Article 8 of the Federal Constitution, everybody is equal in the eyes of the law,” he explained at a press conference on March 18.

“So, there must be no discriminatory penalty because we are all equal. He’s Malaysian and I am Malaysian. And though he’s a non-Muslim and

I am a Muslim, the penalty must be equal.”

Abang Jo’s unequivocal stance on the issue, coupled with opposition from the other state BN component parties to the bill, contributed to it being dropped as a government bill.

Launch of Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS)

Abang Johari (third right) unveils the DBOS logo, witnessed by (from right) Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Uggah, former deputy chief minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and Second Finance Minister Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh. — Photo by Chimon Upon

The DBOS was officially launched on Nov 3 to ensure continued balance between the state’s investments and savings in the effort to speed up development.

“Economists know if we don’t use our reserves to invest, it is also costs called opportunity costs — meaning costs of lost opportunities because we did nothing to our money.

“Opportunity costs do not appear in the account books but it’s important in the decision-making process. What I mean is there is a need to ensure a balance between our reserves and investments without depleting our reserves. This is the primary role the Development Bank of Sarawak,” Abang Jo said at the official launching of DBOS.

Research on MA63

A team of lawyers travelled to London to search for studies and references related to the state’s rights under Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).

Abang Jo said this was a sequel to Adenan’s efforts to regain state rights as embodied in MA63.

“This agreement (MA63) is not simply an agreement — we want to get the facts right because if we want to make a claim, we must do our homework; otherwise, we are just shooting at the target without hitting it,” he pointed out.

While in London, the research team found documents on the ‘Continental Shelf’, confirming the ownership rights of the state to the natural resources on the seabed and in the subsoil of the Continental Shelf within the boundaries of Sarawak as defined in the ‘Order in Council’.

Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, who led the team to London, said these were among the findings they had come across through research and study of the documents, which originated from Sarawak before Sept 16, 1963, but were classified by the Colonial Administration as ‘secret’ and ‘confidential’.

“These documents form what’s termed as the ‘Migrated Archives’ — those that have been declassified by UK government and stored in the British National Archives.

“The documents were no longer in the custody of the state government after Sept 16, 1963,” she said in a press statement on Aug 9 after the research team had briefed the chief minister on their findings.

Additionally, Sharifah Hasidah said they had obtained British Government Cabinet Papers relating to the Cobbold Commission’s Report and its views on granting Sarawak’s independence with regard to the formation of the new Federation of Malaysia — apart from documents

on the formation of Malaysia, including minutes of meetings of the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC), leading to the publication of the IGC Report.

“Copies of these documents have been obtained by the team from the British National Archives and the Commonwealth Library and Archive at Marlborough House in London.

“The government is studying them to ascertain the basis for the recommendations contained in the IGC Report regarding the constitutional safeguards for Sarawak and what further actions that need to be taken in order to have them fully implemented under Article VIII of the Malaysia Agreement — if they have not already been incorporated in the Federal Constitution or by executive, legislative or other action since Sept 16, 1963.”

Sharifah Hasidah also said the documents, obtained by the team, would add strength to the state’s position in discussions with federal government on devolution of powers (DOP) and towards resolution of various constitutional matters under deliberation in these discussions.

NCR Land

The Native Customary Rights (NCR) land issue continues to be a much-debated topic, and the state government has pledged to continue to assist in resolving it.

A special taskforce, headed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, was set up to address the various issues affecting NCR land status such as ‘pulau galau’ (forest reserves) and ‘pemakai menoa’ (territorial / communal domain), which the Federal Court has ruled as having ‘no force of law’.

On Nov 13, some 1,000 people gathered at the Old Courthouse near Kuching Waterfront for a peaceful NCR land rally, aimed at creating public awareness of the frustration of the natives of Sarawak over the alleged exploitation of their native land.

Local opposition pact formalised

DAP Sarawak, PKR Sarawak and Amanah Sarawak officially formed a coalition called Pakatan Harapan Sarawak to take on BN in all the 31 parliamentary seats across the state in the 14th general election (GE14).

In a joint press statement, DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, PKR Sarawak chairman Baru Bian and Amanah Sarawak chairman Fidzuan Zaidi also disclosed that they had concluded seat allocation negotiations among the three parties for GE14.

ICT quantum leap

The Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA) was launched on Dec 13 with the unveiling of the first version of the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy Book 2018-2022, heralding the digitalisation transformation of the state to be at the forefront of the digital world.

SMA, as the lead authority for Sarawak’s digital economy transformation, would oversee and regulate the state’s digital strategies and initiatives.

“2030 is the year we want Sarawak to be a developed state in Malaysia with a high-income economy. There must not be any rural and urban divide by then; hence digital connectivity is important,” Abang Jo said at the launch ceremony.

Sarawak’s O&G company Petros

The chief minister announced the appointment of Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr Hamid Bugo as chairman of the newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros) on Aug 25.

Hamid is a former state secretary and has worked with Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd in Bintulu.

The board members are Dato Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Sharbini Suhaili, Zuraimi Sabki and Heng Hock Cheng.

The primary object of setting up Petros is to enable Sarawak to participate in upstream oil and gas development, particularly the exploration and extraction of oil and gas within Sarawak’s waters.

This initiative is in line with the state’s aspiration to create better job opportunities for local talents and to attract Sarawak talents and expertise currently serving outside the state.

DUN revokes Dr Ting’s status

Dr Ting speaks to reporters outside the court in Kuching.

On May 12, the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) resolved to disqualify Dr Ting Tiong Choon (DAP-Pujut) as an elected representative over the issue of his purported dual citizenship.

This followed an overwhelming 70 votes from BN assemblymen in favour of a ministerial motion to the effect, tabled by Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh.

Dr Ting sunsequently filed an Originating Summons in the High Court on June 7 to challenge the decision.

The High Court overturned the ministerial motion and reinstated Dr Ting. An appeal by the government is pending.

Continuing the legacy

Sarawak is helmed by a seasoned and experienced politician who has embarked on a series of transformation initiatives, despite being in the office for less than one year.

Abang Jo’s repeated assurances that Adenan’s key achievements would serve as a strong impetus for the government to propel Sarawak to greater heights, should motivate and inspire the state to move forward and face the future with confidence.

Abang Jo will no doubt continue to administer the state with foresight and judiciousness to ensure continued development, progress and prosperity for the people in this ‘Fair Land Sarawak’.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1827

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/

Tvet students need to go for pioneer training — CM

Abang Johari speaking during the convocation. — Photos by Chimon Upon

Abang Johari (second left), Abdul Aziz (left) and Hallman (right) smile as Broerslers Rinah (third right) and Rebecca Rudang Paul (second right) are presented with their Petronas Excellence Award and mock cheque for their achievements by Petronas Sarawak Regional Office general manager Shamsur Taha (third left).

KUCHING: Industry players in the state are urged to actively train and improve the skills of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (Tvet) students through pioneer training programmes much like what is being practised in Germany.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said this is in line with the state government’s efforts in placing emphasis on Tvet so as to produce quality and productive human capital to support various initiatives related to the state’s development.

“In Germany, trainees are trained for three days in the industry and two days at training centres for three years.

“What’s interesting here is that funding from the government is minimal and the trainees also receive a monthly allowance,” he said at the 20th Sarawak Skills Development Centre (PPKS) and International College of Advanced Technology (i-CATS) convocation at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday.

He pointed out that the role played by the industry in developing human capital is huge and, as such, expressed his hope to see the ‘dual-training system’ practised in Germany implemented in Sarawak.

Abang Johari also noted that with initiatives such as the Industry 4.0 Programme and Digital Economy, it has become even more crucial to empower Tvet graduates.

He said it is important for graduates today to have the skills to contribute to economic development through education and technical training based on industry expectations.

“This era is an exciting one particularly for Sarawak as the state government has implemented various initiatives for the state’s economic development.”

The state government’s main focus, he added, include prioritising the development of rural infrastructure, digital economy, affordable housing, Light Rail Transit (LRT) as well as industrial sector development such as agriculture, education, tourism and petro-chemical.

“To support this initiative, the state government has set up the Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) and Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS), among others.

“Apart from that, we will soon have our very own methanol plant in Bintulu which will be operating next year. This will involve many skilled manpower and specialists in the field of chemical engineering and other related engineering.”

On PPKS and i-CATS’ convocation, Abang Johari expressed his pride over the higher learning institutions’ achievement, having trained youths in skills through programmes  accredited by the Department of Skills Development Malaysia.

He said the benefits of the skills programmes offered by PPKS and i-CATS were that graduates have the option to either continue with higher education or find jobs with their certificates or diplomas.

Since its inception in 1994, PPKS has trained nearly 50,000 graduates, and 82 per cent of its graduates managed to secure jobs six months after completing their training.

Also present were PPKS chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Abdul Aziz Hussain who is also i-CATS president, PPKS executive director Hallman Sabri and i-CATS chief executive Mohd Isham Fauzi.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1787

Abang Johari: Sarawak must diversify its economy and keep up with technological advancements

KUCHING: Sarawak’s transformation towards a digital economy must keep abreast with the sheer pace of the disruptive change in technological advancements.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state must go all out in diversifying its economy, especially towards digitalisation, as opportunities brought about by the disruptive change has levelled the playing fields in the technology and economic sectors.

The advent of new disruptive technologies also breaks the dominance of existing products and businesses, while providing room for new products to be successful, he added.

“Disruptive change in the form of technological advancements has transformed our lives, creating new opportunities and altering conventional industries.

“Sarawak is not spared from this disruptive change and we must equip ourselves with necessary skills and knowledge to face the impacts and challenges brought about by disruptive change.

“I strongly believe that the Sarawak economy needs to be further diversified as well as transformed to achieve this vision.

“The digital economy will be a strong platform and catalyst for the state to reach out to the global business community as well as forge international collaboration,” said Abang Johari in his special address at the opening of the 13th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) here.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was present to deliver his keynote address to some 2,000 delegates at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

Abang Johari said over the years, Sarawak has been able to position itself as one of the most attractive investment destinations in the Asean region.

The state is endowed with vast natural resources, agricultural land, fisheries and mineral in addition to modern and reliable infrastructure and utilities with efficient, business-friendly government.

Apart from having safe, clean and pleasant working and living conditions, he said the standard of living has improved significantly over the past two decades, where foreign investors can be assured of a high quality life.

“We also have young, productive, diligent and English-speaking trainable workforce.

“Sarawak’s labour force can provide educated, skilled, semi-skilled and young workers to meet the needs of a high-technology business environment,” he continued.

Abang Johari said the cooperation and support between the state and Federal Government, domestic and international corporation sectors, Sarawak can not only realise its full develop-ment potential but also play an important role as the key hubs for regional cooperation and economic integration in the region.

To further accelerate economic growth in Sarawak, the state has also set up its own development bank (Development Bank of Sarawak), petroleum company (Petroleum Sarawak or Petros) as well as the Sarawak Multimedia Authority.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/metro/metro-news/2017/11/22/keeping-pace-with-changes-abang-johari-sarawak-must-diversify-its-economy-and-keep-up-with-technolog/

One month bonus for Sarawak civil servants

KUCHING: Civil servants in Sarawak will receive a “special incentive payment” of one month’s salary or a minimum of RM2,000 from the state government next month.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (pix) said this was in recognition and appreciation of civil servants who had contributed to Sarawak’s development and growth.

“This special incentive payment is also in view of the commendable financial performance and healthy financial position of the state, which is attributed to the committed service, prudent spending and discipline financial management of the civil service,” he said in his winding-up speech at the state assembly on Friday (Nov 17).

Abang Johari said the payment would involve an estimated sum of RM45mil for 22,549 people in the state civil service, including local authorities and statutory bodies.

“I trust that this special incentive payment will further motivate our civil service to continue with their excellent service delivery,” he added.

On another matter, Abang Johari said Sarawak would exert its mining rights by requiring Petronas to obtain the necessary licences and leases before it can operate in the state’s territory.

He said while the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) gave Petronas the right to explore and mine petroleum in Sarawak, the right to issue mining leases remained in the state list of the Federal Constitution.

“We are saying that even if the PDA has vested the rights to exploration and export of petroleum in Petronas by the Federal Government, it does not mean that Petronas has the right to simply enter into Sarawak territory, be it land or sea,” he said.

However, Abang Johari said this did not mean Sarawak was not friendly to the petroleum business in the state.

“We welcome the development of the petroleum industry in Sarawak. We have even set up Petroleum Sarawak Berhad or Petros to develop the petroleum industry in Sarawak.

“We have no intention of disrupting the normal business of the petroleum industry in Sarawak when we exert our mining rights under the Federal Constitution,” he said.

He added that the high-level special task force to be set up by the state government would look at ways and means to exert Sarawak’s rights over its natural resources as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement.

“Having a line of communication with the Federal Government on our rights is only one of the ways. Doing whatever we can in Sarawak to exert our rights is another way.

“We shall have to put our heads together. In the words of my late predecessor Tan Sri Adenan Satem, all that we are doing here is to reclaim our rights as enshrined in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 and which have been encroached by the Federal authorities,” he said.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/11/17/one-month-bonus-sarawak-civil-servants/

Petros gets 40 applications from Sarawakians for CEO

KUCHING: Some 40 applicants – all Sarawakians – are eyeing the post of chief executive officer (CEO) at newly-formed Petroleum Sarawak Bhd (Petros).

Petros chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo said the applicants included those who are currently working for Petroliam Nasional Bhd, Shell as well as local and foreign oil and gas (O&G) companies. Some of the applicants are working abroad.

“We are now in the process of categorising the applicants. We may go for psychometric tests for them.

“It will take a while for us to pick the CEO. We have to choose the best among them,” he added when asked by reporters yesterday at the Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) headquarters, where chief minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg announced that SEB was spearheading research in hydrogen and fuel cells for commercial applications.

Hamid said Petros had advertised the CEO post in the newspapers, as this was the fairest way to enable anyone who is interested to apply.

Petros is also recruiting other key management executives to enable it to be operation-ready by the first quarter of 2018.

Hamid was non-committal on whether the operational deadline set by the Government could be met, but is confident that it should start operations in first half-2018.

The primary objective of setting up Petros is to enable Sarawak to participate in upstream O&G development, particularly in the exploration and extraction of O&G within Sarawak waters. The development of marginal oil fields could be among Petros’ undertakings.

Earlier, the chief minister said the Sarawak government had allocated RM5mil initially for SEB to conduct the hydrogen and fuel cell research, which formed an integral part of the Government’s new emphasis to develop the state.

Johari said Sarawak aspired to transform the public transportation sector with clean and green technologies, adding that hydrogen and fuel cell technology is known to be clean since water is the only by-product in the process of producing electricity.

Source: https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/11/08/petros-gets-40-applications-from-sarawakians-for-ceo/

Stand by me — Abang Johari

Chief Minister urges Sarawakians to rally behind him in quest to drive state to greater heights

Abang Johari (centre) together with ministers and elected representatives from the state, in a photocall with Sarawakians residing in Peninsular Malaysia after the event.

KUALA LUMPUR: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg calls on Sarawakians to be with him and the state government in driving the state to greater heights. He said measures and policies would be introduced and changes made to change Sarawak for the better.

“All measures introduced are meant to benefit Sarawak and its people. The state petroleum company (Petros) and Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) are some of the examples of measures made, not to mention investing RM1 billion to improve the ICT infrastructure in the state.

“These are among the measures, and we will from time to time look into other issues as well,” said Abang Johari at the townhall session with Sarawakians living and working in Peninsular Malaysia at the Lan Berambeh programme held at Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here yesterday.

On transportation, Abang Johari said the state government thanked the federal government for the Pan Borneo Highway project, adding it was also looking to introduce green technology for its Light Railway Transit project to connect Kuching, Serian and Bau.

Abang Johari also said that the Sarawak Multimedia Authority Act would be tabled at the next State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting in December, and that the 260 dilapidated schools in the state would be repaired within the next two years with help from DBOS.

To a question from the press, Abang Johari said he had the proposed list of PBB candidates of all its 14 parliamentary seats.

“Yes, I have the list and we will let Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak  make the final decision,” said Abang Johari, who however, refused to reveal the candidates.

The townhall session was opened to the floor for Sarawakians living and working in Peninsular Malaysia to pose questions to the chief minister, one of the highlights of the Lan Berambeh programme since it was first held 10 years ago.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1698

Help us change Sarawak for the better – Abang Johari

A member of the public asks a question during the town hall session.

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg called for Sarawakian to rally behind him and the state government to elevate the state to greater heights.

Abang Johari said measures and policies will be introduced to help change Sarawak for the better.

“All measures that we introduced are meant to benefit Sarawak. For example Petros, Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) and investing RM1 billion to improve the ICT infrastructure in the state,” he said at the townhall session with Sarawakians in West Malaysia at the Lan Berambeh programme held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here today.

“We will from time to time look into other issues as well,” adding that these policies and measures were all meant to have Sarawakian as the custodian.

Abang Johari talking to the crowd during the townhall session.

On transportation, Abang Johari said the state government was looking into the possibility of being the first state to introduce green technology for the Light Railway Transit project which will connect Kuching, Serian and Bau.

“All this comes with the need for Sarawakians to be ready to embrace change,” he said.

Abang Johari also revealed that a new act ‘The Sarawak Multimedia Authority’ will be tabled at the next State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting in December, while the state is looking at using DBOS to repair 260 schools in rural areas in the next two years.

On another matter, Abang Johari revealed that he had the proposed a list of BN candidates for all 14 parliamentary seats when asked by a reporter after the townhall session.

“Yes, I have seen the list and we will let Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak decide,” said Abang Johari who also refused to reveal the names on the candidate list.

The townhall session opens the floor for Sarawakians in Peninsular Malaysia to pose questions to the chief minister and has been among the highlight of the Lan Berambeh programme since it was first held 10 years ago.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1700

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