PETALING JAYA: The Sarawak Government must revoke the work and immigration permits of non-Sarawakians holding management and middle-management jobs in the state’s branch of Petronas, says Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen.
The state Opposition leader made the call, saying that priority must instead be given to Sarawakians when it came to employment by Petronas’s Sarawak operations.
Chong said in November 2014, Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem informed the state assembly that Petronas had agreed to greater Sarawakian participation in terms of human resource, education and technical training.
“Yet, when it comes to employment by Petronas for its operations in Sarawak, Sarawakians are still not given the priority,” he said.
Chong lamented that almost two years after Adenan’s announcement, a majority of senior posts in Petronas in Sarawak were still held by non-Sarawakians.
“Only 39% of management positions and 46% of middle management positions are filled by Sarawakians.
“On the other hand, when it comes to Petronas’s restructuring exercise, the national oil and gas firm is quick to retrench experienced Sarawakian workers without giving consideration for the re-deployment of these workers to other jobs within the Petronas Group,” he said.
Chong said the state government must also take into account that Peninsular Malaysians working for Petronas in Sarawak were required to hold immigration and work permits to enter Sarawak, and the power to issue these permits was the prerogative of the state government.
Thus, he said the state government must aim for a target of at least 70% Sarawakian representation in Petronas’s management and middle management level positions there.
Until that was achieved, Chong suggested the Adenan administration revoke the work and entry permits of Petronas’s present management and middle management staff who are from Peninsular Malaysia.
“It is only by imposing such strong actions that we can get Petronas to accede to our request for more opportunities to be given to Sarawakians.
“When the state government can be quick to ban the entry of Opposition politicians from entering Sarawak during the state election to protect Barisan Nasional’s interest, there is no reason why such powers cannot be exercised to protect the interests of Sarawakians in general when it comes to job opportunities for locals,” Chong said.
Earlier today, it was reported that the Suarah Petroleum Group (SPG), a Sarawakian non-profit organisation had called on Petronas to give priority to Sarawakians when filling vacancies in the oil company’s operations in the state.