In Petronas’ press statement issued yesterday, Petronas claims that:
“ Key to the successful delivery and operations of PETRONAS’ projects in the State is the support and commitment from all relevant parties, most important of whom are PETRONAS’ teams of qualified, trained and dedicated employees – no matter where they are from.” 

Is Petronas saying that Sarawak has no qualified, trained and dedicated employees to fill up the top and middle executive level positions in Petronas’ Sarawak Operation? This is surely untrue and an insult to Sarawakians. 

There are more than enough qualified, trained and dedicated Sarawakians to take up the top and middle management level positions in Petronas’ Sarawak operation. However, we are not given the opportunities in Petronas.

The issue of giving more job opportunities to Sarawakians has been agreed to between Petronas and Adenan since November, 2014. It was also so reported by Adenan in the November 2014 Sarawak DUN sitting. 

However, more than 20 months have passed, yet only 39% of the management positions and 46% of the middle management positions are filled by Sarawakians in Petronas’s operation in Sarawak. Such statistics surely do not reveal any effort on the part of Petronas to give more job opportunities to Sarawakians, unless Petronas is only referring to lower rung positions.

The Petronas’ press statement seems to make it clear that it will defend such composition at its management and middle management positions in Sarawak. The question, therefore, is: 
In this standoff, whether the State Government is going to give in to Petronas and the power that be in Putrajaya?

Furthermore, the State Government should not be merely imposing a freeze on the new work permits application for Petronas employees in Sarawak but commence the revocation of the existing work permits of Petronas’ top and middle management in its Sarawak Operation towards the target of 70% local Sarawakians in both the top and middle management level of Petronas’ operation in Sarawak.

This is a test of the Sarawak State Government’s priorities, ie. whether Sarawakians’ interest comes first, or the wishes of Putrajaya & Petronas come first.

Chong Chieng Jen
DAP Sarawak Chairman
MP for Bandar Kuching / ADUN for Kota Sentosa