Oil, gas woes hamper Muhyiddin’s economic recovery plans for Malaysia

September 1, 2020

Dateline 2020-06-23, Phnom Penh Post:


Petronas’ woes mean it may not be able to help bail Malaysia out of its financial tight spots this time. AFP

Plunging oil and gas prices are set to further hammer Malaysia’s economy, as state oil firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) faces depressed demand due to global coronavirus lockdowns.

Petronas’ woes mean it may not be able to help bail the country out of its financial tight spots this time.

Falling oil and gas prices are a double whammy for Malaysia’s economy as the Muhyiddin Yassin administration wrestles with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Unemployment hit a three-decade high of five per cent in April. Malaysia posted a trade deficit in the same month for the first time since the 1997 Asian financial crisis, with mining exports (largely made up of crude oil and natural gas) suffering their steepest plunge at 31.5 per cent, far more than the 23.8 per cent overall.

The Manila-based Asian Development Bank last Thursday said it expected the Malaysian economy to shrink by four per cent, while British multinational financial services company Barclays Plc had, a day earlier, forecast a whopping 8.5 per cent drop.


Malaysia Names Petronas CFO Muhammad Taufik as New CEO

June 23, 2020

So, a change of guard to prevent a tarnished image of the old beloved Great Leader, as the new Great Leader slashes and hashes to meet the bottom line of the Malaysian Beloved Leader?

Dateline 2020-06-06, Financial Post:

(Bloomberg) — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin appointed a new chief executive officer at national oil company Petroliam Nasional Bhd., replacing a veteran of almost four decades with the chief financial officer.

Petronas’ President and CEO Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin will become chairman of Malaysia Airlines Bhd., the premier said in a statement on Saturday. He will be replaced by Tengku Muhammad Taufik Tengku Aziz. Both appointments are effective July 1.