Saturday Star 2014-01-04 – Job Opportunities

January 6, 2014

Buy my recommendations, or through my Amazon store. Where are those corporate sponsors? Or throw donations at me. I need RM360 to get The Star ePaper

  • I’m looking for a senior process engineer, 7+ years experience. Send your cv here. Also looking for technical safety persons, metering / measurement engineers and other seniors you think will catch my eye.
  • Nothing of interest this week.

Help me (and you) increase my cloud presence. Pleease use some form of cloud storage, so if you lose your laptop with those oh-so-important reports, be assured that (with Internet access) the files are still accessible. Use my referrals for Dropbox, MiMedia,  SpiderOak, MediaFire, Ubuntu One, Sugar Sync.

Support your local bookshop!  Bookalicious at The Summit Subang is a good choice. I think they focus on trilogies, quadrilogies, and other ologies. Tell them I sent you, and enjoy the look of perplexity on their faces. Those of you who have dropped my name, thanks!

This week, my theme is, you need to be a better all round engineer. Hence, some selections for the process engineer:

A Simple Guide To Understanding Jet Engines, Process Plant Instrumentation: Design and Upgrade, Mechanical Design of Process Systems: Piping and Pressure Vessels

The IEM has a coffee table book out, Engineering Heritage of Malaysia (no, it is not Datuk Seri Samy Vellu’s bio). Visit here for details.


Saturday Star 2013-12-28 – Job Opportunities

December 30, 2013

Happy ‘max out your PTPTN allowances’ week (don’t forget that offshore bank account).

Buy my recommendations, or through my Amazon store. Where are those corporate sponsors? Or throw donations at me. I need RM360 to get The Star ePaper

  • I’m looking for a senior process engineer, 7+ years experience. Send your cv here. Also looking for technical safety persons, metering / measurement engineers and other seniors you think will catch my eye.
  • Nothing of interest this week.

Help me (and you) increase my cloud presence. Pleease use some form of cloud storage, so if you lose your laptop with those oh-so-important reports, be assured that (with Internet access) the files are still accessible. Use my referrals for Dropbox, MiMedia,  SpiderOak, MediaFire, Ubuntu One, Sugar Sync.

Support your local bookshop!  Bookalicious at The Summit Subang is a good choice. I think they focus on trilogies, quadrilogies, and other ologies. Tell them I sent you, and enjoy the look of perplexity on their faces. Those of you who have dropped my name, thanks!

This week, my theme is, you need to be a better all round engineer. Hence, some selections for the process engineer:

A Simple Guide To Understanding Jet Engines, Process Plant Instrumentation: Design and Upgrade, Mechanical Design of Process Systems: Piping and Pressure Vessels

The IEM has a coffee table book out, Engineering Heritage of Malaysia (no, it is not Datuk Seri Samy Vellu’s bio). Visit here for details.

Food?I had lunch at Chakri Palace, KLCC. Blooming expensive. Anyone want to treat me to dinner there?


PTPTN and the lack of Petronas specifics

August 17, 2013

Dateline 2013-04-20 (what?), the Sun

This is certainly an interesting development, since it brings the discussion to a different level. Have Petronas funds been effectively used anyway, for all these years? How, indeed, is our government making use of the country’s oil and gas revenues? Are they being responsibly managed? What kind of governance and accountability are we assured in the process of managing such a tremendous amount of wealth, contributed by our natural resources?

Malaysia is classified as a resource-dependent nation, since about 40% of our national revenues comes from oil and gas. I have previously written in this column about the dangers of oil dependency and the need for better resource management (“The paradox of plenty”, Nov 25, 2011). In this piece, the focus will be on oversight of the oil and gas sector in Malaysia, and whether there is a sufficient institutional framework to support transparency and accountability of the funds involved.


PTPTN and the lack of Petronas specifics

May 5, 2012

Ah, a linkage between education and oil, or lack thereof. BTW, here’s an touching article from the SunDaily.

Dateline 2012-04-20:

PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) raised brows last week when it announced that if Pakatan Rakyat (PR) were to form a government, it would abolish the national higher education fund (PTPTN). The PTPTN was formed in 1997 with the objective of providing loans to students unable to afford fees in local higher education institutions. The larger argument of this proposal is to channel PTPTN funds more effectively to ensure more Malaysians can access education, itself a policy debate that surely must be taking place today.

Public focus, unfortunately, has somewhat shifted away from the issue of higher education itself, following PR leader Anwar Ibrahim’s suggestion that outstanding PTPTN loans of an estimated RM43 billion be written off with Petronas funds. The government however contends that doing so would “squeeze Petronas dry” and kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.


Petronas will fold if Pakatan takes over

April 30, 2012

Dateline 2012-04-09:

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin today ridiculed Pakatan Rakyat’s plan to abolish the students’ loan scheme and offset it using the oil income, saying the idea would bankrupt the country’s oil company Petronas.

He called the idea mooted by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim an irresponsible populist measure proposed without considering the repercussions.

Weak exports and domestic market makes oil Malaysia’s major income contributor. Muhyiddin claimed Petronas would have to spend as much as RM43 billion to offset the loans, something the country can’t afford.