Malaysian senator builds solar-powered buggy while under home quarantine for COVID-19

May 14, 2020

Dateline 2020-04-13, Channel News Asia:

Stuck in a 14-day home quarantine, rural empowerment activist Adrian Banie Lasimbang decided to take advantage of the enforced isolation and come up with a working prototype of a solar-powered, electric buggy in the past two weeks.

The 43-year-old, who is also a senator from Sabah in the Dewan Negara (the Malaysian Parliament’s upper house), told CNA he was quarantined from Mar 23 till Apr 5 after coming into contact with a friend who later tested positive for COVID-19.


Petronas contractor off Malaysia confirmed with Covid-19

May 12, 2020

Dateline 2020-04-06, Upstream:

A worker off Malaysia has tested positive for Covid-19, the second such confirmed case in Southeast Asia’s second-largest oil producer.

“Petronas, through its subsidiary, Petronas Carigali, confirms that one of its contractors at an offshore platform in Miri, Sarawak has tested positive for Covid-19. The contractor is currently receiving treatment at a government hospital,” Petronas told Upstream on Monday.

A contractor source claimed that the worker in question was a rig crew member on Velesto Drilling’s jack-up Naga 6.

As a result of his diagnosis, work has been temporarily stopped at Petronas Carigali’s Tukau Timur (East Tukau) and Baronia fields’ infill drilling programmes.

“As a precautionary measure to manage the risk of exposure, we have temporarily locked down the rig and suspended all crew change. All identified close contacts have immediately been placed under quarantine for 14 days,” said Petronas.