November 14, 2020
Dateline 2020-10-25, FMT:
An analyst believes Shell’s decision to downsize its operations in Sabah and move its personnel into Sarawak was partly driven by the political stability in the latter.
Sociopolitical analyst Awang Azman Pawi said the stability of the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has managed to instill foreign and local investors’ confidence in Sarawak.
“This has (particularly) attracted foreign investors to pump more investments into Sarawak and this can also be attributed to this latest move by Shell (in Sabah),” he told FMT.
“The repositioning of Shell’s focus (back) to Miri is because Sarawak is seen to be having a clearer state policy as well as better facilities. This exudes confidence that the state is prepared to further develop and move forward in the oil and gas industry.”
According to Awang Azman, Sarawak’s determination in defending its rights by being bold enough to stand up to Putrajaya on issues pertaining to oil and gas was also another consideration.
November 13, 2020
Ah, politiking continues.
Dateline 2020-10-23, FMT:
Shell’s announcement on Oct 15 that the Plaza Shell office in Kota Kinabalu would be closed, with a relocation of all Sabah staff to Miri next year, was met with silence.
The Kota Kinabalu office was set up in November 2015 with promises of Shell’s significance presence, strategic partnership and offer of measurable progress for the state. This change of commitments, a sad truth on the change of events, draws much reservation, suspicion and unveils broken promises from Shell to the state, its people and communities.
The well established and progressive 200 Shell staff, occupying four floors of the 14-storey Plaza Shell, a distinguished landmark in Kota Kinabalu located strategically in the city’s business district may see the last of its pivotal presence very soon. Their lives, sadly, may never be the same again.
August 31, 2019
Dateline 2019-07-14, Borneo Post:
THE Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Ltd (SSPC) remains committed towards improving the well-being of the local communities and building human capital through its social investment projects, particularly in providing access to energy, supporting entrepreneurship as well as nurturing interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
In line with its business as an energy company, Shell has undertaken the Access to Energy (A2E) programme in collaboration with local non-governmental partners, Tonibung and Pacos Trust, to provide a continuous supply of electricity from renewable sources for the benefit of those who live without a connection to the electricity grid.