Malaysia’s PETRONAS Voices Concerns Over Sarawak’s Work Permit Moratorium

Report from Rigzone, perhaps giving a different slant on this historic milestone, for which we will celebrate the anniversary in 2017, 2021 and 2066.

Dateline 2016-08-10, Rigzone:

Malaysia’s national oil company (NOC) Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) voiced concerns Tuesday over a recent decision made by the state government in petroleum rich Sarawak to place a moratorium on all new applications for permits for non-state NOC employees to work within its borders.

“PETRONAS believes the decision, announced over the weekend, may have been made based on the misperception that PETRONAS’ recent group-wide business restructuring had unfairly impacted its employees from Sarawak,” the NOC said in a press release.

The issue surfaced last week after Suarah Petroleum Group (SPG) President Hamin Yusuf commented on the abolition of 29 permanent positions, resulting in the retrenchment of 13 experienced staff from Sarawak in PETRONAS’ upstream restructuring exercise in the state, local media Borneo Post reported Aug. 4. Hamin added that the restructuring exercise would hamper the development of skilled workforce and the job market in Sarawak.


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