KUCHING: Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg said for a person to be appointed as a board member of the newly formed Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros), he or she must be very experienced in the oil and gas industry.
He was responding to a question posed by a reporter who asked when he was going to appoint a Dayak representative to the Petros board of directors.
“Actually, there is already a Dayak representative in the board by the name of Mohd Medan Abdullah, who is a Muslim Kelabit,” he said here today.
The Chief Minister’s Office had recently announced the appointment of former state secretary Hamid Bugo, who once served with Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd in Bintulu, as chairman of Petros. Hamid has also been chairman of oil and gas company Sapura Resources Bhd since March last year.
The other Petros board members announced are Sharbini Suhaili, Zuraimi Sabki and Heng Hock Cheng, whom Abang Johari had described as “experienced industry professionals with very strong and proven track records and had served in key positions in the oil and gas industry”.
Lately, Abang Johari has received criticism from the Dayak community (Iban and Bidayuh) for not appointing representatives from the two communities.
Following the widespread criticism in the social media, Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah had said the chief minister had given him the task to look for a qualified Dayak to be on the board.
The chief minister also reminded these individuals and groups not to play with religious issues in the appointment of the board members.
Petros will enable the Sarawak government to participate in upstream oil and gas development, particularly in the exploration and extraction of oil and gas within state waters.
The state government said the initiative would create jobs for locals and draw expertise from outside the state.
“Petros is now embarking on the search for a CEO and other key management positions to enable it to be operational by the first quarter of next year,” he said, adding that Petros would not be a junior partner to Petronas, the national oil company.