The state government and Petronas will be meeting on Monday (Aug 15) in Kuching to get to the bottom of allegations of bias in the latter’s retrenchment and recruitment of Sarawakians.
According to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah, Petronas will be briefing him and State Secretary (SS) Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani before briefing Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.
“The issue is very simple: this is regarding Petronas’ employment in Sarawak because before this there were some complaints that there was some unfairness,” Uggah told a press conference after witnessing the swearing-in ceremony of Betong District Council this morning (Aug 10).
“We want to know what actually is the situation, then from there, we will see. That’s why they are coming down to explain to us and to discuss with us. That is the only issue they are going to explain.”
He wanted to find out the truth behind concerns raised by Suarah Petroleum Group (SPG) that Petronas in a restructuring exercise had abolished 29 permanent positions which resulted in the retrenchment of 13 experienced staff from Sarawak.
“Whatever they say, we want to know the truth. That is all. If what they say is right, then we don’t dispute. If there are some issues, we want the issues to be resolved, amicably. What we want is transparency and fairness, that is all,” said Uggah.
Lian Cheng, firstname.lastname@example.org