Dateline 2016-09-16, Malay Mail:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today spoke on his experience working as a junior executive with national oil corporation Petronas after his tertiary education.
He said at the time, Petronas had just started operations in 1974 under a very different environment and generation.
A foreign multi-national company had become dominant in oil and gas exploitation in the country then, he said.
“This was so much so that Miri was even referred to as the Shell town,” he said when addressing some 1,000 Petronas employees at a special Malaysia Day gathering at the Bintulu Civic centre here.
He said, however, the country’s leaders like his late father Tun Abdul Razak who was then the prime minister and others decided to change this.
“The nation had achieved its political independence and they then decided to go for its economic independence.