• Petros Officially Formed

    Published: Monday, 7 August 2017
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    KUCHING: The Sarawak wholly-owned oil and gas company or Petros has been officially formed, the Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg announced here last night.

    “Tonight, I want to tell you that we have officially formed our oil company, Petros,” the Chief Minister, to the applause of the crowd said in his address to ministers, staff members of his ministries and office during an appreciation dinner organised by his office at a leading hotel here, last night.

    He said all the board members of the company had been appointed and pointed out that they were drawn from among Sarawakian professionals with wide experience in the oil and gas industry and that none of them were politicians.

    The Chief Minister, who was accompanied by his wife, Datin Amar Dato Hajah Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Haji Bujang, however, did not reveal the name of the board members, or the chairman or the CEO of the company.

    The formation of Petros is an unprecedented step taken by the State Government to enable Sarawak to actively participate in the extraction of oil and gas in Sarawak while still pursuing its request for a 20 % royalty from Petronas.

    Secondly, he said that the chief executive officer of the newly-formed Development Bank of Sarawak (DBOS) had been appointed without naming the candidate and that the bank would start its operation soon.

    He also pointed that all the board members of DBOS were professionals and non-politicians under the Chairmanship of Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani, who is also the State Secretary.

    “We have appointed the CEO already and this CEO will have his team under the supervision of the Tan Sri State Secretary, the chairman; and also the board members are all non-politician, all professionals who will carry out activities of the bank to develop our State,” he said.

    Thirdly, he told the audience that steps are being taken to strengthen the State’s human capacity by giving Sarawakians the opportunities to pursue postgraduate studies locally and overseas.

    He said Sarawak Foundation, of which he is the chairman would increase scholarships and loans Sarawak students who are eligible to be admitted to local as well as foreign universities for postgraduate studies.

    “And I have requested Sarawak Foundation to give all postgraduate scholarships, particularly PhDs because giving our children opportunities to study to PhD level will give birth to new researches and researches are important in order to add value to our resources,” he pointed out.

    He reiterated that a state research council under the chairmanship of the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research would be set up to oversee all the future research efforts and how they could benefit the State.

    He said for a start he has personally instructed that a research be carried out in collaboration with Swinburne University on prototyping an oil palm fruit harvesting machine that would be equipped with a sensor to automatically determine the ripeness of fruit.

    He added that he had also instructed that a research be conducted on the search for protein materials among the state’s rich biodiversity resources that could replace human DNA protein in a joint effort with research being carried by Swinburne University main campus in Australia.

    He expressed his belief that the identification of such a protein and its extraction would bear great significance to the continuing search for the treatment of cancer.

    He thanked all the ministries for their support in the pursuit of new policies, approaches and technologies to transform Sarawak into a digital economy under his leadsership.

    He encouraged other ministries to hold similar gathering to honour their staff officers and appreciate their support towards the government’s effort to leapfrog the economy from conventional economy to one that is based on digital technologies.

    The reception was also to coincide with the 67th birthday of the Chief Minister that fell on August 4.

    Among those present were Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, the State Secretary, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi, Minister of Utilities, Datuk Dr. Stephen Rundi anak Utom, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research, Dato Sri Michael Manyin anak Jawong, Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Professor Dr. Sim Kui Hian, Minister of Integrity and Ombudsman, Datuk Haji Talip Zulpilip, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and assistant ministers.

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