March 23, 2018
Dateline 2018-02-09, The Malaysian Insight:
CHIEF Minister Abang Johari Openg has given another hint that Sarawak will muscle in to claim more revenue from oil and gas for its coffers.
“I already have ideas (on generating more income), but I cannot reveal them today,” said Abang Johari, who is also president of Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the second-largest party in the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, when jointly opening the PBB Women and Youth wings’ triennial delegates’ conference in Kuching today.
March 17, 2018
Dateline 2018-01-30, Malay Mail Online:
The Sarawak state government said it will exert its mining rights, including oil mining, despite Petronas having the legal right to explore and mine for petroleum in state territorial waters.
Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said mining was part of the rights of Sarawak enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
He said the state government has also directed Petronas to consult the state on the utilisation of gas from any new fields.
“This is to ensure that Sarawak has the first right of refusal in using the new sources of gas for the development of our oil and gas industries as well as the development of other industries in Sarawak,” he said in his speech at the special sitting to mark the 150th anniversary of the state legislative assembly.
February 24, 2018
How come SIB isn’t making press statements every week?
Dateline 2018-01-15, Borneo Post:
The state’s wholly-owned oil and gas (O&G) company, Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros), is set to become an active player in the O&G industry within two years.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the company, established in August last year, aims to exploit all opportunities in the O&G industry once it is fully operational.
“Wait two years for Petros to take active participation in the oil and gas industry,” he said when opening the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Miri Zone 10 triennial delegates meeting here yesterday.
The setting-up of Petros was to enable the state government to participate directly in the O&G industry in Sarawak.
Petros chairman Tan Sri Hamid Bugo was reported in November last year as saying the company was expected to start operations in the first quarter of 2018, and was looking for a suitable candidate to fill the post of chief executive officer.
Abang Johari, meanwhile, said Sarawak has the potential to become the strongest state in Malaysia by 2030 with a well-structured development plan based on digital economy, and headed by the state’s backbone party, PBB.
January 11, 2018
Dateline 2017-11-17, The Malaysian Insight:
IN the latest move by Sarawak to reclaim its constitutional rights, the state government has told Petronas to get the necessary mining permits in a move seen as exerting its mining rights.
Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg said even though the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA) gave the national petroleum company the right to explore and mine for petroleum in Sarawak, the state still retains the right to issuing mining leases.
He said the rights are listed in the federal constitution.
“The power of the state to issue mining leases remains in the state list of the federal constitution.
October 15, 2017
Dateline 2017-09-02, FMT:
Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Tun Openg said for a person to be appointed as a board member of the newly formed Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros), he or she must be very experienced in the oil and gas industry.
He was responding to a question posed by a reporter who asked when he was going to appoint a Dayak representative to the Petros board of directors.
“Actually, there is already a Dayak representative in the board by the name of Mohd Medan Abdullah, who is a Muslim Kelabit,” he said here today.
The Chief Minister’s Office had recently announced the appointment of former state secretary Hamid Bugo, who once served with Malaysia LNG Sdn Bhd in Bintulu, as chairman of Petros. Hamid has also been chairman of oil and gas company Sapura Resources Bhd since March last year.
The other Petros board members announced are Sharbini Suhaili, Zuraimi Sabki and Heng Hock Cheng, whom Abang Johari had described as “experienced industry professionals with very strong and proven track records and had served in key positions in the oil and gas industry”.
October 1, 2017
Dateline 2017-08-18, Malay Mail Online:
Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg has acknowledged national oil corporation Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s (Petronas) vast contribution to the state’s economy.
He said this was made possible by close ties between the Sarawak and federal governments, as well as between the state and Petronas.
Asserting that the need for the close relations to be maintained, he said the state government would work on a win-win situation with both the federal government and Petronas to derive maximum benefits from the oil and gas (O&G) industry.
The chief minister said Petronas had been successful in its 43 operations and Sarawak was not new in the O&G industry, having been involved in the industry for 107 years, previously with Shell and now with Petronas.
July 29, 2017
Dateline 2017-06-11, The Malay Mail:
The Sarawak government is planning to establish a state-owned offshore oil and gas exploration company in order to participate in the industry, said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.
He said the plan was discussed with national oil corporation, Petronas, which was very receptive to the idea of the state-owned company partaking in upstream and downstream oil and gas exploration activities.
“I had discussions with Petronas, we are adopting a new approach.
“Sarawak will participate in both upstream and downstream oil and gas activities.
“In the upstream sector, this will be Sarawak’s maiden venture, as such, we need to set up a state-owned company in order to join Petronas in oil and gas exploration in the South China Sea.