PETALING JAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri is hoping for a quick solution to the issue of non-Sarawakian workers in Petronas in the state, reported Borneo Post Online.
Nancy, who is from Sarawak, said the state government’s decision to freeze new work permit applications by Petronas personnel who wanted to work in the state, had its merits.
In recent weeks, Sarawakian politicians on both sides of the divide have been hitting out at Petronas, after a Sarawakian non-profit organisation, Suarah Petroleum Group (SPG), cried foul over Petronas’s lack of prioritisation of Sarawakians in its operations in the state.
Last Monday, the state government froze all work permits for non-Sarawakian Petronas employees until further notice.
Nancy said she was perturbed by many comments surrounding the issue, and feared that if it was not resolved fast, it would lead to an “unhealthy” relationship between Petronas and the state government.
The PBB leader said Sarawakians were becoming more aware of their constitutional rights and the state government had to act accordingly in their interests.
Nancy, who is Batang Sadong MP, voiced hope that Petronas and the state government would resolve the issue promptly.
“There may be opportunists out there wishing us to prolong the issue which doesn’t bring us anywhere. Just think of the employees who have families to feed and continue with their family responsibilities.”
Meanwhile, in another Borneo Post online report, DAP Serian chairman Edward Andrew Luak called on Petronas to emulate Shell Malaysia, which practised ‘Borneonisation’ of its management team in the state.
Edward, a former Shell employee, said in Shell, Sarawakians headed most of the various sections of the operations in its Miri headquarters, while Sarawakians were also put in charge of the operations, technical division, personnel management, corporate affairs and others.
“We witnessed Shell Malaysia, Sarawak Operations and Shell MDS being led by Sarawakians. This scenario is hardly seen in Petronas.
“The board of directors of Petronas and its subsidiary companies, particularly Petronas Carigali, are Malayan (Peninsular Malaysian)-monopolised. Promotions in Petronas are Malayan-driven. Recruitment of professionals, as well as technical staff, is Malayan-driven.
Edward said many people in the state believed that there were Sarawakians who were on par or even better than their Peninsular Malaysian peers, since many of them were among the cream of the crop from local and overseas institutions of higher learning.