When politics weighs on Malaysia’s only Fortune 500 company

September 7, 2020

Dateline 2020-06-29, The Edge:

IT must have been a difficult decision for Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) to back-track and stop contesting in court the petroleum product sales tax imposed by Sarawak last year.

The national oil firm is slated to pay more to the state when it has just halted exploration and slashed 2020 capex and opex in the face of volatile oil and gas prices.

Benefitting from the decision are the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) political coalition, which can ride on the success of getting a higher share of oil money, and indirectly, Petronas’ sole shareholder — the new Perikatan Nasional (PN) government, which may have to face a no-confidence vote in the Dewan Rakyat next month.


Saturday Star 2008-09-27 – Job Opportunities

September 29, 2008

Let’s see what the Star has in store for us this week:

  • Global Process Systems(GPS) is looking for engineers, among those listed are senior process eng, junior process, mech eng, structural, piping and a lot of designers. Emailand web presence available. I have the impression that GPS KL could do with a lot more growth and expertise if it wants to grow up from package suppliers to compete with the EPC boys.
  • My company, Pöyry, is advertising for people. We’re trying to go multi-discipline, hence the mess of senior positions open to you for the taking! Please join, we would be so happy, and maybe someone can teach me non-process stuff (I reaaally don’t get electrical).

Hey, is that it?


V-Cool Makes your Car a Faraday Cage?

August 6, 2008

Talking about Faraday cages, I have anecdotal evidence (i.e. me trying it out) that you can’t get a GPS lock inside your car if it is equipped with V-Cool window tints. I wonder why. I didn’t know that tinted glass products could block out radio waves.

GPS operates at 1575.42 MHz (190mm). My cellphone service operator, Celcom operates GSM at 900 MHz (300mm) and 1800 MHz (150mm). As the wavelengths are similar, it seems that you would block out telephone reception as well (i.e. a conductive mesh that blocks 190mm electromagnetic waves would block 300mm as well). But v-cool doesn’t, as far as I can tell, or maybe it blocks GSM 900 but not GSM 1800?

Anyone know how this is possible? References to window tint films here and here.


Saturday Star 2008-04-12 – Job Opportunities

April 13, 2008

Another week, another scan of the Saturday Star newspaper. Here’s an incomplete list of job ads in the paper:

  • ExxonMobil are looking for Service Station Dealers. You have to write in directly to the Retail Area Manager (Dealership Application), Level 13, ME.
  • Esso Malaysia Berhad is looking for people for the Port Dickson Refinery (I did my summer internship at the Shell refinery next door).
  • Shell Global Solutions (SGS to friends) is looking for people, about a pages’ worth.
  • Global Process Systems (GPS) is looking for engineers, final location unknown. email and web prescence available.
  • Oval Engineering is looking for a senior sales engineer / sales and apps engineer.
  • Hmm, new one. Petro Rabigh is looking for people. Looking at the website, it is owned by Saudi Aramco.
  • Optimal is looking for a reliability engineer, HSE delivery specialist, and planner. email and web prescence available. A lot of people moved to Optimal when it first started up, though I think the renumeration package isn’t as good nowadays.
  • Asian GEOS is looking for engineers. email available. A few of my ex-colleagues moved to Orogenics, of which Asian GEOS is a member.
  • Chiyoda is looking for people.

Happy hunting. Let me have some feedback if you find this list useful. Even better, spread the news. PayPal donations welcome.