Petronas to continue staffing policies, says Group CEO

BINTULU: Petronas will continue to recruit, rotate, develop and promote employees based on their performance and qualities, said its President and Group Chief Executive Officer Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin.

He said this was because Petronas aimed to have a high-performing culture driven by meritorcacy and yet remain committed to empower societal growth wherever it operated.

He said this at a special Malaysia Day gathering of Petronas employees in Sarawak with Prime Minister Najib Razak and Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem at the Civic Centre here today.

“We need to create a sustainable pool of talent not just for Petronas but for the (oil and gas) industry and the nation as a whole.

On Sarawak, he said more than 5,000 local students and 15 educational institutions had benefited from Petronas’ contributions to education and human capital development.

He added that the oil giant would continue to empower lives via education, community development and environmental conservation and that RM470million had been budgeted for this from 2015 to 2019, which included building a new MRSM college here.

Recently, Petronas faced some staffing problems in Sarawak when some employees were denied work permits but the matter was later amicably resolved.

On another matter, Wan Zulkiflee said that in Sarawak, the national oil corporation would give priority to local vendors whereby about 400 Sarawakian companies were licensed with it and about RM7 billion worth of jobs had been awarded to Sarawakian companies since 2013.

“We are proud too that more than 3,800, or 75 per cent of our employees in our Sarawak operations, are Sarawakians.

“Close to another 1,000 of our Sarawakian employees are holding various positions outside the state, which includes Petronas’ global operations,” he said.

On its role to protect and preserve the natural environment for future generations, Wan Zulkiflee said Petronas had invested a total sum of RM4.7 million over three years for the deployment of reef balls to improve marine life in the waters off the Similajau National Park here under its Petronas MLNG’s Beacon project.

Wan Zulkiflee added that Petronas would continue to discuss with the state and federal governments over any ssues that arose.

Earler, Najib said Petronas can play a bigger role in the development of Sarawak and the nation if it attains greater success.

For this reason, he wanted Petronas to be more successful as it is “the goose that lays the golden egg for the nation”.

Najib said Petronas was now a huge company with a high impact on the nation.

He said after its inception in 1974, Petronas made tremendous achievements not only domestically but globally.

“From being just a national oil company, it has transformed itself to be a multinational and is perhap the only one to be able to make the transition in the whole world.

“It is now present in some 30 diffent countries around the world, helping to develop facilities and talents,” he said.

Najib said Petronas was now the pride and joy of the country and a national icon.

“Now, we have to take care of Petronas. As the prime minister, I want this to happen for it to continue to succeed.”