Hornbill Unleashed

September 9, 2016

Sarawak threatens to boot out senior Petronas staff if state policy ignored

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:03 PM

Sarawak is currently negotiating with Petronas for a greater share in the oil and gas industry as well as for more locals to be employed at the senior and executive levels. — Reuters picSarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem threatened today not to issue work permits to non-Sarawakian senior personnel of Petronas, including directors, if the oil giant disagreed with state policy on local participation in the industry.

“I would like to talk and negotiate with Petronas, but sometimes, we got to use things like this (immigration power) for the sake of Sarawak and for a better participation in the oil and gas industry,” he said when launching the newly formed Sarawak Business Federation (SBF) here.

Sarawak is currently negotiating with Petronas for a greater share in the oil and gas industry as well as for more locals to be employed at the senior and executive levels.

The state is currently reviewing the issuance for the renewal of work permits involving about 600 non-locals, as well as fresh applications for work permits from Petronas staff.

Adenan said he could no longer tolerate a situation where people “get our oil and gas while we watch, without any participation in the industry.”

“There is no more excuse to say that our people are not qualified. The oil and gas industry through Petronas has been in existence over the last 40 years and Sarawak Shell before that, so don’t tell me that there are non-qualified Sarawakians around,” he said.

He said Petronas has been taking oil and gas from Sarawak’s territorial boundary for many years, but did not have a single Sarawakian as a director on the board of the national oil company until recently.

“I am confident that with the recent appointment of the State Secretary Tan Sri Morshidi Ghani as the Sarawak’s representative on the Petronas board, we will be able to assert our policies,” he said.

Adenan, however, noted that Petronas, under a new management, has been cooperative with Sarawak.

“We look forward to a good working relationship with them,” he said.



  1. Do not make noise now.
    Who ask you to vote for BN?

    Comment by Diman — September 10, 2016 @ 12:04 PM | Reply

  2. Sabah and Sarawak have been robbed billions in oil revenue, and if they try to be funny, just kick them out … no need to threaten

    Comment by Tigeryk — September 10, 2016 @ 7:07 AM | Reply

    • Sarawakians can go Singapore to work, higher salary due to strong SingDollar.

      Malaysia struggles to keep workers as ringgit takes a battering

      Comment by Diman — September 10, 2016 @ 12:30 PM | Reply

    • If Sarawakians had kicked out Umno Baru controlled BN instead of selling our votes in exchange for tong biru, zinc atap, brims etc Sarawak would have get back its rightful status of an equal partner in Malaysia. It is not too late even now to kick out the highly corrupted Umno Baru controlled BN in both federal and state levels.

      Comment by Awaken Dayak — September 10, 2016 @ 4:53 PM | Reply


    Comment by Geronimo Miller — September 9, 2016 @ 10:36 PM | Reply

  4. Adenan Satem should ban those Islamic bigots and morons from PAS, Umno Baru and those Taliban mufti. The most caring PM and DPM before the Sarawak state election had disappointed all Sarawakians during the last cabinet reshuffle. Our demand for the compliance and devolution of autonomous power to the state had now been forgotten by Najib and Umno Baru controlled Putrajaya immediately after Sarawak BN retained its two third majority in the last state election. Sarawak and Sarawakians had been cheated yet again. To Najib and Zahid we say fuk you.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — September 9, 2016 @ 10:26 PM | Reply

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