PENAMPANG, May 9 (Bernama) -- National oil company Petronas has given
assurance that it will consider local contractors when awarding future projects
in Sabah, following a call made by Sabah Oil and Gas Contractors Association
(SOGCA) for more opportunities from Petronas.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the oil and gas company''s chief
executive officer, Datuk Shamsul Azhar Abbas, had responded well to SOGCA''s call
and has made a promise to ensure such opportunities be given to qualified local
contractors in the industry.
"Over breakfast this morning with Shamsul together with State Industrial
Development Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah, we had discussed...and I had
relayed the wishes of the traders and contractors in Sabah''s oil and gas
"I requested that opportunities be given to contractors in Sabah so that
they could venture and actively take part in the oil and gas industry,
considering that our state is also an oil producer.
"He took well my views and promised to look into ensuring that projects by
Petronas will take into account the interest of qualified businessmen and
contractors from Sabah and not just the Bumiputeras but also the
non-Bumiputeras," he told reporters after launching the Mobile Courtroom here,
He said this in response to the call made by SOGCA.
SOGCA had highlighted that local contractors were not getting enough
projects from Petronas, saying that the opportunities usually went to main
contractors from Peninsular Malaysia or Sarawak, while Sabahan contractors would
only be appointed as sub-contractors.
Its president Datuk Iskandar Malik also suggested that for the sake of
transparency and credibility, priority should be given to SOGCA members who
have the experience and capability to implement projects hands-on.
The association further called on the Government to review the Petroleum Act
1974, to ease Petronas in channelling project contracts directly to the local
industry in Sabah and not through the main contractors from Sarawak or
It had also urged Sabah Members of Parliament (MPs) to assist in the matter.