I presume ‘foreigners’ means non-Sabahans?
Dateline 2016-08-09, The Malay Mail:
National oil giant Petronas is not giving priority to foreigners over Sabahans as claimed, as the firm had already been asked from the very beginning to consider the state residents first for jobs, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has said.
Musa said he had requested that Petronas fill up high-ranking positions in the company with Sabahans first, but noted that Sabah itself lack workers who have the skills required for the oil and gas industry.
“This includes to fill in the job vacancies and in fact many local youths are employed there in the two projects. I have also asked Petronas to also give priority to Sabahans for high level posts, not only rank and file.
“But I admit that we lack skilled workers in this sector and in view of this I have asked that our youths be given training so that they can obtain a degree and be employed to fill in these vacancies,” he was quoted saying at the state legislative assembly by local daily The Borneo Post’s portal.