Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has threatened to cancel the work permits of non-local employees in Petronas if middle and senior level management are not filled with Sarawakians.
“We will insist that Petronas give priority to Sarawakians to fill up these positions in the oil corporation, and if this does not work, then we will cancel all the work permits of all staff who are not Sarawakians,” he said at a dinner attended by Sarawakians working in Johor Baru last night.
He said locals will then take over the positions left vacant by non-Sarawakians in the national oil corporation.
His recorded speech at the dinner, held at Hilton Hotel Johor Baru, was emailed toMalay Mail Online.
Sarawak and Sabah have autonomy over immigration in their states. Residents from the peninsula must have a work permit in order to be employed there, but not vice versa.
Adenan said last night that the state government will “do things step by step” so that Petronas takes the necessary actions to rectify the unfairness done to local employees.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said last Sunday that the state government has placed a moratorium with immediate effect on all new work permit applications from non-Sarawakian Petronas personnel who intended to work in the state.
He said the state government made the decision after it was revealed that Sarawakians occupying senior positions in the oil giant had been retrenched and replaced with non-local employees.
It was also revealed that there were more non-local employees occupying senior and middle level management positions in Petronas in Sarawak.
Petronas officials are due to meet Uggah and State Secretary Tan Sri Morshidi Ghani on Monday on the employment of non-local and Sarawakians in the state.
Petronas said in a statement Tuesday that Sarawak may have misunderstood its group-wide restructuring.