Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing was infuriated by news that national petroleum corporation Petronas had planned to send 90 more of its employees from Peninsular Malaysia to be based in the state when they had retrenched Sarawakian staff.
“Why does Petronas need 90 work permits when local Sarawakians in Petronas are being retrenched? Is Petronas restructuring due to the economic down turn, or are they replacing Sarawakians with West Malaysians?” Masing questioned.
“Petronas, please be transparent with us. We are not your dumping ground for Peninsular employees,” Masing said when contacted this morning (Aug 16).
When officiating at a Serakup Indu Dayak Sarawak (SIDS) Samarahan’s Thanksgiving dinner last night here, Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) treasurer-general Christopher Gira said the union supported state Chief Minister’s call for the freeze on 90 work permits for Petronas’ non-Sarawakian staff until the corporation rectifies the situation.
“SDNU fully supports the state government’s move to stop issuing work permits to Peninsular Malaysians working in the O&G (oil and gas industry) in Sarawak. Job opportunities in the O&G should be filled by Sarawakians first before they are offered to others,” Gira suggested.
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