July 14, 2022
Dateline 2022-05-17, FMT:
It’s a slow news period, sue me.
Former prime minister Najib Razak has accused Dr Mahathir Mohamad of being hypocritical following the latter’s disagreement on bailing out Sapura Energy Bhd (SEB).
Yesterday, Mahathir was reported as saying that steps should be taken to trim losses incurred by the oil and gas services company, and that bailing out “failed people” was “not business”.
Taking to Facebook, Najib reminded Mahathir that when he was the prime minister under Pakatan Harapan, Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB), headed by then chairman Zeti Akhtar Aziz, had also “bailed out” SEB.
July 9, 2022
Man, I missed a good fight in May, shades of (no, not dirty white) Rumble in the Jungle.
Dateline 2022-05-15, FMT:
Former prime minister Najib Razak wants Pakatan Harapan (PH) to explain why it pumped RM2.7 billion into Sapura Energy Bhd (SEB) in 2019, despite knowing that its former CEO Shahril Shamsuddin was given a huge compensation the year before.
He was referring to the amount injected into the company by Perbadanan Nasional Bhd that made the GLC the largest shareholder in the oil and gas company.
December 25, 2018
There you go.
Dateline 2018-11-06, FMT:
Days after two former ministers blamed 1MDB for Barisan Nasional’s defeat in the May 9 polls, Najib Razak has defended the state investment arm and says it indirectly helped Petronas increase its reserves.
In a Facebook post, the former prime minister said that for 15 years up to 2012, the national petroleum company was forced to subsidise gas that it supplied to independent power producers (IPP).
This led to Petronas incurring losses of over RM10 billion every year.
July 6, 2018
Avast there, maties! BTW, when does Datuk Seri get his Tun?
Dateline 2018-05-31, The Star:
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) has urged the new government not to plunder funds from Petronas for bailouts.
“I urged the new government to continue to give sufficient space and capital to Petronas to fulfil their vision and not to plunder funds from Petronas or through bail-out missions as what was done during the 22 years of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s previous administration,” he said on his Facebook post on Thursday (May 31).
Najib noted the new Pakatan Harapan government recently stated that the shortfall in revenue due to the abolishment of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) would be made up by Petronas, Khazanah, and Bank Negara Malaysia by making higher dividend payments to the government.
July 4, 2017
Dateline 2017-05-09, Borneo Post:
Oil & gas companies can help promote the use of natural gas, together with renewable energy as the cleaner fuel option to sustain economic growth, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
He said now is the right time to encourage the adoption of natural gas in new markets as prices have become attractive, aided by the right investment in infrastructure.
“I am hopeful that companies and governments can form ‘smart’ partnerships to unlock the full potential of natural gas as a viable option, which makes both commercial and environmental sense.
“It is important that we see these two motives as supporting one another, not being in opposition,” he said in his keynote address at the 19th Asia Oil and Gas Conference yesterday.
April 21, 2017
Dateline 2017-03-06, The Star:
Deliberate efforts taken by the government under its Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) have reduced reliance on petroleum-related income to 14% today from up to 41% in 2009, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“Had we not made the transformation that we risked, we would have been suffering today from great difficulties because of the sharp and sudden decline in oil prices which would have affected the government’s revenues that depend on it to a large extent,” he said.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said this during a recent interview with Al Arabiya News Channel’s General Manager Turki Aldakhil.
He was asked about the recipe for success in achieving Malaysia’s experience as some countries have been describing Malaysia as a successful example of good governance and development.
October 27, 2016
Dateline 2016-09-16, Malay Mail:
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today spoke on his experience working as a junior executive with national oil corporation Petronas after his tertiary education.
He said at the time, Petronas had just started operations in 1974 under a very different environment and generation.
A foreign multi-national company had become dominant in oil and gas exploitation in the country then, he said.
“This was so much so that Miri was even referred to as the Shell town,” he said when addressing some 1,000 Petronas employees at a special Malaysia Day gathering at the Bintulu Civic centre here.
He said, however, the country’s leaders like his late father Tun Abdul Razak who was then the prime minister and others decided to change this.
“The nation had achieved its political independence and they then decided to go for its economic independence.
May 13, 2016
Old news, but hey…
Dateline 2016-03-25, Straits Times:
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been endorsed by the Cabinet as the new adviser to state oil and gas company Petronas, Premier Najib Tun Razak announced on Friday (March 25), replacing another former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad whose services were terminated earlier this month.
Tun Abdullah’s appointment is effective April 1, Malaysia media reported.
“The decision to terminate the appointment of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was made by the Cabinet since he was no longer supporting the present government, especially with the launch of ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ (Citizen’s Declaration) together with opposition leaders,” Najib said in a statement reported by state news agency Bernama.
July 22, 2014
Dateline 2014-06-22, The Rakyat Post (huh?)
The federal government will give utmost consideration to Sarawak’s request for higher oil and gas royalties, said Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The Prime Minister said the federal government had no qualms in negotiating on any matters with the state government over its interests.
“The federal government will give utmost consideration to this matter (request for higher oil and gas royalties),” he said at the Malaysia Gawai Dayak Open House 2014 at Dataran Kipas here tonight.
Sarawak Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud and Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem were present.
July 5, 2013
Dateline 2013-06-09, Platts:
Malaysia has set itself a key strategic objective of becoming a regional energy hub, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 17th Asia Oil and Gas Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Najib said the energy sector plays a pivotal role in the Malaysian economy with oil and gas contributing to more than 40% of the country’s national income.
Najib said that Malaysia has halted a decline in its domestic production with 24 new discoveries made in 2012 alone. Malaysia produced 1.69 million b/d of oil equivalent in the first quarter of 2013, up 3% from 1.64 million boe/d in Q1 2012.