Members of Petros board must be very experienced – Abang Jo

Abang Johari Tun Openg

KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar 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 in 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’ Office had recently announced the appointment of former state secretary Tan Sri 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 firm Sapura Resources Bhd since March last year.

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

Following the widespread criticisms in the social media, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah had said that the chief minister has tasked him to look for a qualified Dayak to be in the board.

The Chief Minister also reminded these individuals and groups not to play with religious issue 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 a headhunt 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. – Bernama

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1631

CM thanks Najib for Pan Borneo highway

Abang Johari says state grateful for development implemented by federal govt, pledges to work towards closer ties with Putrajaya

A colourful performance by thousands of people at the parade.

BINTULU: The state government thanked the federal government for its efforts to develop Sarawak since the formation of Malaysia 54 years ago and pledged to work towards closer ties with Putrajaya.

Addressing the state-level National Day celebration here yesterday, Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg thanked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for approving the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway from Telok Melano in Sematan to Miri and from Limbang to Lawas.

“This is the biggest infrastructure development project undertaken by the federal government in Sarawak in 54 years, and we believe the highway will push Sarawak to greater heights,” he said, adding that Malaysia was not a deterrent for Sarawak to determine her own destiny.

“Now is the time for us to move forward and become a developed state if not better than others,” he said.

Under Abang Johari’s leadership, several initiatives have been implemented such as the setting up of Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) and Petros, a wholly owned state oil and gas company.

The chief minister said Bintulu is blessed for being the centre of the oil and gas industry in Sarawak while Samalaju a centre for SCORE.

“We also want Bintulu to be a hub for the gas industry in Sarawak as a methanol plant will be built in Tanjung Kidurong soon.”

Abang Johari also talked about Bakun HEP being taken over from the federal government by the state, the devolution of powers, and agricultural transformation.

“We have to come up with a new way to develop our agriculture so that it can become a profitable business venture for our farmers. I have approved an allocation of RM100 million as venture capital that shall be made available through a special purpose vehicle that the government will form soon,” he said.

On the devolution of powers, Abang Johari said the state would always discuss the matter with the federal government in a friendly and family-like atmosphere to resolve whatever issues and to come up with amicable solutions.

“We thank the prime minister for being always open and willing to discuss with us our request such as the state powers which have been eroded over the years, to be returned to Sarawak.

“We support a strong central government and we want a the state-federal relationship to be close and cordial,” he added.

A total of 80 contingents, comprising thousands of participants took part at the parade held at Bintulu Civic Centre yesterday, starting 8am.

Meanwhile, Land and Survey Dept was adjudged the champion in the parade category, followed by Bintulu Development Authority and Sarakup Induk Dayak Sarawak.

Deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing, Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Minister of Utilities Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi, other cabinet ministers and assistant ministers were also present at the event.

Taib cuts a cake to mark the state-level National Day celebration as (from left) Awang Tengah, Masing, Uggah, Dr Rundi, Abang Johari and others look on.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1632

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.

Dayak party questions racial makeup of Petros board

Hamid Bugo appointed chairman of Petros

Introducing Petros – Sarawak’s own oil & gas company

PKR welcomes set-up of Petros by Sarawak govt

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

Dayak party questions racial makeup of Petros board

Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru says it is disappointed that none of its members, who have vast experience in the oil and gas industry, sit on Petros’ board of directors.

PETALING JAYA: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) is questioning the racial makeup of the board of directors of the newly formed oil and gas company Petroleum Sarawak Berhad or Petros.

The party said there were many highly qualified Iban and Bidayuh holding various prominent positions in Sarawak Shell Berhad, and Petronas, reported the Borneo Post Online.

“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,” it said in the statement yesterday.

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

PBDSB said it was greatly disappointed that none of its prominent members, who have vast experience in the oil and gas industry, sit on Petros’ board of directors.

Yesterday, the Sarawak Chief Minister’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.

Hamid is a former state secretary who served with Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd in Bintulu.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg announced the formation of Petros, a wholly state-owned company, 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.

The Chief Minister’s Office 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.

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/08/26/dayak-party-questions-racial-makeup-of-petros-board/

PETROS tak gugat kedudukan PETRONAS

KUALA LUMPUR: PETRONAS menegaskan kehadiran syarikat minyak dan gas baharu milik kerajaan negeri Sarawak, Petroleum Sarawak (PETROS), tidak akan menjejaskan kedudukan dan haknya sebagai pemilik serta penyelia sumber minyak dan gas (O&G) Malaysia seperti termaktub di bawah Akta Pembangunan Petroleum.

Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, berkata pihaknya sentiasa mengalu-alukan langkah kerajaan negeri atau mana-mana entiti milik kerajaan negeri menyertai sektor itu.

Katanya, penyertaan itu perlulah mengikut undang-undang dan mekanisme yang sudah ditetapkan bagi menjamin pembangunan sumber minyak dan gas di negara ini.

“Kami mempunyai hubungan rapat dengan kerajaan negeri (Sarawak), justeru kami sokong aspirasi mereka untuk terbabit secara aktif dalam sektor O&G di negara itu. Bahkan kami akan terus bekerjasama untuk kebaikan bersama.

“Mungkin, kerjasama kami dengan Petros akan sama seperti mana-mana kerjasama PETRONAS sebelum ini sama ada sebagai penyedia perkhidmatan atau rakan pelaburan kontrak perkongsian pengeluaran (PSC).

“Perkara ini masih dibincangkan dengan kerajaan negeri (Sarawak) dan ia memerlukan kedua-dua pihak untuk dilaksanakan,” katanya.

Mengenai sama ada beliau mengetahui permohonan royalti 20 peratus oleh PETROS, beliau berkata, PETRONAS tidak menerima permintaan berkaitan perkara itu daripada entiti baharu itu yang masih belum memiliki ketua eksekutif serta ahli lembaga pengarah.

“Berhubung isu 20 peratus royalti minyak ini, saya percaya semua pihak yang terbabit sangat memahami ia adalah satu urusan sukar.

“Untuk melakukannya di luar daripada kedudukan kita sekarang adalah terlalu sukar kerana terdapat banyak implikasi komersial yang tidak akan diingini semua pihak,” katanya.

Source: https://www.bharian.com.my/bisnes/korporat/2017/08/317523/petros-tak-gugat-kedudukan-petronas

Hamid Bugo appointed chairman of Petros

Hamid, a former state secretary, had also served with Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd.

PETALING JAYA: The Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office has announced the appointment of Hamid Bugo as chairman of the newly formed oil and gas company Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros).

In a statement today, it said the other board members appointed were Mohammad Medan Abdullah, Sharbini Suhaili, Zuraimi Sabki and Heng Hock Cheng.

Hamid is a former state secretary who had served with Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd in Bintulu.

Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg announced the formation of Petros, a wholly state-owned company, 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.

The Chief Minister’s Office said the primary objective of setting up Petros was to enable Sarawak to participate in the upstream of 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.

 

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/08/25/hamid-bugo-appointed-chairman-of-petros/

Discussion over London documents

State BN component parties to meet on declassified documents on formation of Malaysia before meeting PM

(From left) Azman, Abang Johari and Abang Abdul Karim at the press conference. — Photo by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: A discussion will be held among state Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties on declassified documents found recently by the Sarawak legal team in London before the matter is brought to Putrajaya for further discussions concerning the state’s autonomy.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said at the moment, the state government did not “necessarily have to go directly to the Prime Minister”.

“We have to discuss among ourselves first together with our BN component parties and see what is the direction we have to take.

“After that, then I will discuss with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak because this issue is very delicate and we must build up the rapport,” he told a press conference after officiating the Business Excellence Seminar & Forum 2017 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday.

He described Najib as a “very open” person who had always welcomed discussions with the state on issues pertaining to the state’s autonomy.

“That is one thing we must appreciate him for. So once we have all the facts, he will look into them.

“He has also previously said ‘What is right for Sarawak is for Sarawak and we will give back’. That is what he told us,” assured Abang Johari, who was asked to comment on when he would be meeting Najib to discuss this contentious issue following the discovery of new and substantive documents concerning Sarawak and the formation of Malaysia by the state legal team in London last month.

Asked if there were plans for another trip to London to retrieve more documents from the British National Archives as mentioned by Assistant Minister of Law, State-Federal Relations and Project Monitoring Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, the state legal team leader, in her statement previously, Abang Johari deemed it unnecessary.

“Not necessarily (should there be) another trip because we have already established our relationship with the Commonwealth Library and Archive at Marlborough House in London.”

He also noted that the state legal team had brought back with them documents pertaining to the formation of Malaysia such as British Government Cabinet Papers relating to the Cobbold Commission’s report and its views on granting Sarawak independence through the formation of the new Federation of Malaysia and more.

“There are some things that are new to us. That’s why we cannot depend on what the opposition said by asking us to just look for more information on the Internet.

“We are smarter than the opposition,” he quipped.

On the announcement of board members for the state’s newly formed oil and gas company Petros, Abang Johari reminded members of the media present that he had previously promised that he would unveil the names within a week.

“I promised you within one week…today (yesterday) is only Wednesday,” he chortled.

When pressed if Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad chief executive officer (CEO) Datuk Mohammad Medan Abdullah would be one of the possible board members, he did not confirm nor deny this speculation.

“I don’t know…you just wait,” he replied.

Then when asked if Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) president and CEO Datuk Seri Idris Jala would be among the board members, Abang Johari said the former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department had already stated that he would not be involved as he was busy with Pemandu.

“I have already given the hints before and there will be five members of board of directors initially and they are all Sarawakians who have experience in the oil and gas industry,” he reiterated.

Also present at the press conference were Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim and MPC board of directors member Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1610

CM: Plan needed to leapfrog to Industry 4.0

Abang Johari (third right) presenting the Productivity Champion Certificate to Abang Abdul Karim, witnessed by (from left) Tengku Azmi, Abdul Rahim, Azman and Sabariah. — Photos by Muhammad Rais Sanusi

KUCHING: The state must take the initiative to come up with a strategic plan to improve its industrial level towards the fourth industrial revolution otherwise known as Industry 4.0, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

According to him, Sarawak has yet to fully achieve the second industrial revolution (Industry 2.0) which revolves around mechanisation.

“We are not even in Industry 2.0 as not all our sectors are fully mechanised. That is why I have come up with various initiatives (Development Bank of Sarawak, Petros, digital economy, etc.) to create an awareness among people on the plans undertaken by the state government since I took over as the chief minister,” he told a press conference after officiating at the Business Excellence Seminar & Forum 2017 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday.

He acknowledged that there were those who had queried his intentions of leapfrogging to Industry 4.0, skipping Industry 3.0 which leveraged electrical mechanisation with the power of computers.

“Whether we can do it or not, that is why we need to have a strategic plan for us to leapfrog to Industry 4.0 and the key to this is good connectivity and good IT infrastructure.

“All these initiatives that I have taken is to stimulate our economic growth and at the same time to stimulate the young talents. We have a lot of talented Sarawakians overseas and hope to bring them back so their talent can be applied within the Industry 4.0 ecosystem,” he explained.

Earlier in his speech, Abang Johari touched on several of his initiatives including the Digital Village in Samajaya which the state government has allocated RM20 million for its development.

“We are going to set up our digital satellite incubator that will be connected to our Digital Village and the Internet speed there will be at least 150Mb for each incubator.”

On the forum organised by the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) and Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Abang Johari said it provided a platform for experts from a multitude of organisations to share their insights and experiences on their journey towards business excellence.

“I appreciate that this forum is one of the strategies used by MPC to facilitate dialogue and knowledge sharing on business excellence in order to augment productivity growth both at state and national levels.”

Also present during the ceremony were Deputy State Secretary Datu Dr Sabariah Putit, MPC chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim, MPC board of director member Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Openg, MPC deputy director general Abdul Rahim Yusoff and MPC Sarawak Region director Tengku Azmi Tengku Majid.

Source: http://www.cm.sarawak.gov.my/modules/web/pages.php?mod=news&sub=news_view&nid=1609

Idris Jala not in Petros board, but Medan is

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.

 

Source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/08/22/idris-jala-not-in-petros-board-but-medan-is/

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