Sabah should join Sarawak to fight Petronas

July 16, 2018

Aaand where are they selling the tickets for this tag team grudge match? And why is the reporter’s pic in the article, showing him wearing a bulletproof vest? ‘Battle royale’ with 3 participants? Fortnite, much?

Dateline 2018-06-13, FMT:

It was reported on June 5 that Petronas had gone to court to seek a declaration that under the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA), the national oil company had exclusive rights over oil and gas resources in Malaysia.

Petronas’ move is in response to Sarawak’s announcement on March 7 that it had assumed full control of oil and gas resources within its territorial boundaries.

The legal test initiated by Petronas is shaping up to become a battle royale between a corporate body and a founding state of Malaysia.

 


Has Sarawak been shortchanged?

July 13, 2018

You mean, has Sarawak been hoodwinked by a fly by night, quick fingered, sleight of hand working man?

Dateline 2018-06-06, Borneo Post:

HAS the PH government broken its promises to the people of Sarawak and Sabah vis-à-vis its Pakatan Harapan Book (Buku Harapan), outlining the four-party coalition’s election manifesto?

As events unfolded with the first bombshell dropped on Sarawak on Monday by Petronas in a suit, seeking legal redress to its oil and gas rights in the state, let us take a look specifically on petroleum rights.

First, let it be known that Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA 1974) empowers the Prime Minister to make regulations for the purpose of putting into effect the provisions of PDA 1974 in the conduct or the carrying on of any business or services relating to the explorations, exploitations, winning or obtaining of petroleum.


Kuala Besut students win nuke energy contest

July 8, 2018

It’s news like this that makes one take a look at their legacy, their mark on this earth. Congratulations, you!

Dateline 2018-06-03, The Star:

Even though they began with zero knowledge of nuclear energy, three secondary school students made Malaysia proud when they emerged champions in the Human Resource Development for Nuclear Power competition organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Gyenongju, South Korea, on May 30.

Safyyah Muhammad Nasir, 16, Muhammad Syazwan Mat Sidik, 17, and Muhammad Anuar Abd Ghani, 17, from SMK Kuala Besut, Terengganu won with their project “100 Things About Nuclear Science And Life”.

The trio produced a computer game application which could channel information on nuclear science and the uses of nuclear energy in everyday life.

 

 


Oil and gas companies not looking fine with Q1 results

July 7, 2018

Apologies for focussing on market news, its a slow news cycle.

Dateline 2018-05-31, NST:

 The oil and gas companies under Kenanga Research’s coverage are likely to see deteriorating performance with lower number of outperformers.

Kenanga Research said only two out of seven companies that released their latest interim results had outperformed. They were Dialog Group Bhd and Sapura Energy Bhd.

Another company in the firm’s universe is Bumi Armada Bhd, which is due to release its first quarter results today.

“The disappointment ratio was also higher at 31 per cent (assuming Bumi Armada’s results came within expectations) versus 13 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2017 even with the anticipation of first quarter being a seasonally weak quarter,” Kenanga Research said today.

It noted that upstream services players such as Alam Maritim Resources Bhd, Coastal Contracts Bhd and Dayang Enterprise Holdings Bhd had missed expectations due to stubborn fixed costs amidst unsatisfactory vessel utilisation.

Gas Malaysia Bhd and Petronas Dagangan Bhd also had a soft start dragged by higher product costs and sliding sales volume.


UPDATE 2-Malaysian govt may seek more revenue from Petronas as profit jumps

July 4, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-30, Reuters:

Malaysia may collect up to $2.3 billion more in taxes and dividends from Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or Petronas, this year, a finance ministry official said on Wednesday, as firmer oil prices boost profits at the state energy firm.

The new administration led by Mahathir Mohamad is relying more on Petronas – a significant contributor to government revenue and the country’s largest employer – to offset a revenue shortfall from the government’s plan to scrap a consumption tax.

Oil prices were trading close to 3-1/2-year highs on Wednesday as Petronas reported a 26-percent surge in first quarter profit.

With oil prices improving, Malaysia may collect 8-9 billion ringgit ($2-$2.26 billion) more in revenue from Petronas this year, Ong Kian Ming, a special officer to the finance minister, told Reuters.

 


Uncertain days for Malaysia’s oil industry

July 2, 2018

Dateline 2018-05-18, Petroleum Economist:

Malaysia’s new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has moved quickly to make good on an election campaign pledge to scrap a goods-and-services tax (GST) blamed for rising living costs. Speculation is now mounting over whether state-controlled oil and gas giant Petronas could be tapped to fill any resulting hole in the country’s finances.

 


Listing of Petronas among options to increase revenue

July 1, 2018

For the historical record.
Dateline 2018-06-26, The Star:

THE government’s liabilities are out in the open. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng revealed details to substantiate his point of national liabilities and debt have breached not only the RM1 trillion-mark but also reached 80.3% of gross domestic product.

The numbers are disputed by the former Finance Minister and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Apart from a higher national debt, the new government faces a loss of revenue from the abolition of the goods and services tax (GST). The GST is to be zerorised from June 1 and will see a shortfall in revenue that will be only plugged once the sales and services tax (SST) is introduced later this year.