April 4, 2020
Kejap, JX Nippon recent set up an office in Miri?
Dateline 2020-02-04, Borneo Post:
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg is optimistic that the oil and gas (O&G) industry in the state, particularly Miri as the O&G hub, will thrive and help boost the state’s economy.
In referring to the setting up of a new office by a Japanese company JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration (Malaysia) in Miri recently, Abang Johari said that it is a good sign as it shows that the oil and gas industry players are slowly coming back to Miri.
March 13, 2020
Dateline 2020-01-13, Malay Mail:
The state government has issued a permit to state-owned Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) to undertake oil and gas exploration on-shore in the Miri and Limbang Divisions, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg said today.
He said the permit was issued in accordance with the Sarawak Land Code and the Federal Constitution.
“Oil and gas resources belong to Sarawak. It is our right to explore these resources,” he said at the launch of the “Sarawakku Sayang” programme here.
February 29, 2020
Dateline 2020-12-24, Malay Mail:
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg today said that Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) will soon be tasked with managing a domestic gas business that is now placed under the Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas).
He said Petros, apart from being vested with the regulatory power over state’s oil and gas resources by the Oil Mining Ordinance 1958, is to ensure the state’s participation in the upstream and downstream activities of the oil and gas industry.
“The next few years will see more involvement of Petros as more investments are expected in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries in the state,” he said in his Christmas Eve’s message.
The chief minister also stressed that the state will continue to introduce new revenue streams to fund its development programmes.
February 15, 2020
How do you officially rubbish something? Do you issue a memo?
Dateline 2019-12-16, FMT:
The chief minister’s office today said the purchase of stakes in Petronas is not among the issues discussed by the steering committee on Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63).
It said details concerning oil and gas are only deliberated in special discussions between the prime minister and the Sarawak and Sabah chief ministers.
The office rubbished a claim by Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen that Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg had agreed in principle to purchase a stake in Petronas during an MA63 steering committee meeting.
February 12, 2020
Dateline 2019-12-14, Malay Mail:
The state government does not intend to buy a stake in Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas), Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari said today, in response to a recent offer by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to sell stakes in the company to Sarawak and Sabah.
“What is the point for us to buy the stakes?” he asked at the launch of a Blueprint for development programme here this evening.
He said it will be pointless for Sarawak to buy stakes even if Petronas were to give two or three per cent as the state government will not have a say in how Petronas should be managed.
January 12, 2020
Dateline 2019-11-13, Borneo Post:
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has defended the state’s hydrogen economy initiatives during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting today.
August 19, 2019
Dateline 2019-07-05, Malay Mail:
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg clarified today said that only the Sarawak state government can issue licences to oil and gas companies operating in its territorial waters.
“We have never given up the licensing right to Petronas. It is in the Malaysian Constitution. It is our right. How can we give up our right? It is just speculation,” he told reporters after handing over Petronas sponsorships for Sarawak students here today.
The chief minister was asked if it is true that the state government has given up its authority to issue licences to oil and gas companies to Petronas.