MOSGEC 2014 – Welcoming Speech Transcript

September 29, 2014

To the young reporter I coshed over the head to get this transcript, my apologies. The dent will disappear, I promise.

Among the linkbait in this transcript:

The oil, gas and energy sector has long been a pillar of our country’s economy, contributing about 30% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and approximately 40 percent of the country’s revenue. It has been identified as one of the key thrusts in Malaysia’s journey to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation, under the Prime Minister’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

At present, Malaysia (as at 01 January 2013) has approximately 22.2 billion barrels oil equivalent of oil and gas reserves. We are also the third largest gas reserves holder in the Asia Pacific Region (behind China and Indonesia) and ranked 15 among the world’s holder of the natural gas reserves.

The first application of EOR technology is now being implemented at the Tapis oil field, offshore Terengganu. (Wasn’t this supposed to be Angsi?)

To make some money, I have published the transcript here or here. Please buy a copy, so that I can afford to polish my Volvo 244 once every quarter.


Petronas Confident In Bumiputera Firms’ Ability, Says MOGSC

February 15, 2014

Dateline 2013-12-27, Malaysian Digest.com:

The contracts worth about RM300 billion awarded by Petronas to Bumiputera firms in the last five years show their high level of competitiveness and credibility, said the Malaysian Oil and Gas Services Council (MOGSC).

MOGSC president Sofiyan Yahya said Bumiputera firms’ level of activity in the oil and gas industry can be seen in the council, 90 per cent of whose 450 members are Bumiputera companies.

“MOGSC is willing to support Bumiputera firms who want to venture into this sector,” he told Bernama.


Observations – MOGSC 2010-2012 Election Process

April 28, 2010

Congratulations to the new office bearers of the Malaysian Oil & Gas Services Council (MOGSC to friends) session 2010-2012. I look forward to better times for the industry in general and me in particular as the new line up steers us into the economic recovery period. As it was my first time attending the AGM on 22nd April, 2010 (we finally pawned our photocopier to pay for the membership fees), here are my thoughts.

Let’s open with a disturbing one. The nomination list was provided in the AGM package that was sent out. According to MOGSC rules, no further nominations could be accepted as the nomination period was closed.

So far, so good. However, on the day of the AGM, the Election Officer (was he appointed on the spot, or was he pre-selected?) asked THE FLOOR to vote on whether a new nomination for the Presidency candidate, which was received during the AGM itself, was to be accepted. Only one member stood up and questioned the legality of this move. In the end, as the psuedo-candidate wasn’t around (it was his staff who represented him), the Election Officer decided that the new nomination to be null and void.

Too bad, if that nomination was accepted, I would have thrown my own hat into the ring. And if this was a political election, it would have made front page news (“Election Officer ignores Constitution, Crowd Sources a Decision.”)

Okay, new topic. I thought the use of coloured slips to indicate which position the vote is for is unique. I would have put some tracking numbers on the top to ensure individuality, or at least a stamp indicating authenticity. With camera phones, you could have snapped a photo, got someone in KLCC to purchase the same colour slips, and voila, rigged election.

Speaking of rigged, why were there so many people round the counting table? During the counting for Exco members, I counted 9 people round the table. If you allow for 1 election officer and 2 scrutineers, that means 6 people were counting votes from about 80 representatives. Too many, wouldn’t you say?

Oh, and to vote, the election officer required you to write the full name of the candidate on the slip. Most other voting processes require you to make a mark in a box, next to a picture of a box, a pencil, Barney, an 8008, whatever. So, I guess the election officer can decide what constitutes a ‘full name’ and accept or reject the vote?

I disliked the idea that the tally of the votes was written down on a board. This is meant to be a friendly vote. I don’t think the idea was to embarrass a candidate with insufficient support so that they will not be nominated again. Leave that to the political parties please, where crushing your opponent is a goal of the process.

And after all that, I hope that I won’t be banned from next year’s AGM. The food was just too good.


The SOGE Story – Member of MOGSC

September 25, 2009

I have started getting emails related to MOGSC activities, so I presume that Synergy is a paid-up, card carrying, flag waving member of MOGSC. I haven’t seen any benefit yet, except probably a ‘Huh?’ when our name was circulated for approval. I wonder if there are 3rd degree members, 33rd degree members, aprons and rolled up trousers involved (sorry, just finished reading the Lost Symbol).

Looking forward to the Hari Raya do at MPC. Another photo opportunity. Just call me paparazzi of the oil and gas industry.

I submitted SOGE’s membership for MOGEC the same day as the MOGSC application. Maybe we’re not good enough for them…


MOGSC – Set Them (loans) Free!

February 15, 2009

Nice to see that a trade association is working to make funds available to the O&G industry. We hope that the spill off gives the little player incentive to continue contributing to the national coffers. Dateline Feb 13, 2009 from The Star:

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Oil & Gas Services Council (MOGSC) is urging financial institutions to free up credit to oil and gas (O&G) support services players to ensure that O&G activities do not diminish in the current economic downturn.

President Sofiyan Yahya said if there was a contraction in credit, O&G support services players would have difficulty in executing their projects, thus affecting business and industry growth.

“Execution will be a concern if there is a lack of financing as we have projects in hand and investment outlay has been planned for the next couple of years.”

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