Malaysia PM: Petronas could be sold to pay down debt


Dateline 2019-12-17, The Chemical Engineer:

STAKES in state-energy firm Petronas could be sold to Malaysia’s oil-producing states to raise money for the Government, Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad has told Reuters.

“What we need is to reduce our involvement, the number of shares that we hold, in order to raise some funds for ourselves,” he said. National debt is more RM1trn (US$240bn) according to figures released by the country’s finance ministry in September; while Petronas is estimated to have contributed around 20% of Government revenue in 2019.

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