Petronas denies it is evading S’wak checkpoints


PETALING JAYA: Petronas has stated that it did not and will not deliberately evade immigration checkpoints when sending employees to its facilities offshore Sarawak.

A news report today alleging that Petronas had “shifted” its departure point from Bintulu Port to Kampung Pulau Melayu jetty in Miri to bypass the state’s immigration checkpoints to send its workers to platforms offshore Bintulu was grossly inaccurate, it stated.

“A journey by boat from Miri to the D35 and Temana platforms offshore Bintulu would take more than six hours and will be gravely perilous.

“Crew members for the D35 platform are therefore transported via helicopter from the Miri Airport while those for Temana are transported via boat from Bintulu Port.

“The Kampung Melayu jetty in Miri, on the other hand, is used to transport staff to its Baram Delta Operation (BDO) facilities in Miri waters,” it said in a statement today.

Petronas emphasised that 97% of its 550 offshore workers were Sarawakians who do not require work permits to work in the state.

It reiterated that the process of sending employees to its offshore facilities was conducted in full and strict compliance with relevant state laws and policies.

“Sarawak is a key investment state for Petronas.

“As a business entity and responsible employer, Petronas takes all measures to ensure that the welfare and work requirements of its employees are well managed so that they are able to deliver their work efficiently and effectively.“

Sarawak has imposed a moratorium on new work permits for Petronas in Sarawak after complaints that it was retrenching Sarawakians.