Political stability may be behind Shell’s recent shift to Sarawak, says analyst


Dateline 2020-10-25, FMT:

An analyst believes Shell’s decision to downsize its operations in Sabah and move its personnel into Sarawak was partly driven by the political stability in the latter.

Sociopolitical analyst Awang Azman Pawi said the stability of the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has managed to instill foreign and local investors’ confidence in Sarawak.

“This has (particularly) attracted foreign investors to pump more investments into Sarawak and this can also be attributed to this latest move by Shell (in Sabah),” he told FMT.

“The repositioning of Shell’s focus (back) to Miri is because Sarawak is seen to be having a clearer state policy as well as better facilities. This exudes confidence that the state is prepared to further develop and move forward in the oil and gas industry.”

According to Awang Azman, Sarawak’s determination in defending its rights by being bold enough to stand up to Putrajaya on issues pertaining to oil and gas was also another consideration.

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