Abang Johari signing the plaque to mark the opening ceremony of Demak Fabrication Yard witnessed by (from left) chairman of Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation Datuk Abang Abdul Karim Tun Abang Openg, Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk DrJerip Susil, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Abang Hipni and Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure Development and Transportation Datuk Safri Zainuddin. Photo: Ramidi Subari

CM says it’s management is transparent and accountable

KUCHING: Petroleum Sarawak Berhad (Petros) is not 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) of the state as claimed by a news portal.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the portal claimed it is the 1MDB of Sarawak when referring to Petros.

“There is no such thing like 1MDB. That website has a malicious intention,” he said during the official opening of Demak Fabrication Yard, the load out of Bokor D substructure and the completion of Anjung Topside Projects at Jalan Demak Maju, today.

Abang Johari witness the handover of the Malaysia Book of Record certificate to Brooke Dockyard chairman Datuk Abang Karim Tun Openg (second right) after Brooke Dockyard complied with the ISO 45001/2018 security standard after officiating Fabrication Dock Demak or Brooke Dockyard (Demak Fabrication Yard) today. Photo: Bernama

He said Petros was set up by the government to ensure that Sarawakians can participate in upstream and downstream oil and gas activities.

“Petros is a regulatory body and we have a transparent management because Sarawak government is accountable and a responsible,” he said.

He said at the end of the day, the Sarawak government wants to deliver benefits to the people as promised.

Abang Johari did not identify the portal, but it is believed that he was referring to AOGM.net which carried the news with the headline, “The Sarawak Oil Grab – Is Petros the 1MDB of Sarawak?”

On Sarawak’s participation in the oil and gas industry, Abang Johari said there is a good discussion between the state government and Petronas.

“There must be collaboration between Sarawak and the federal government on issues related to old and gas.

“That is why I imposed the five per cent sales tax on petroleum products, which might have made Petronas and other oil and gas industry players unhappy.

“It was not purposely done, because the question of oil and gas has been around … ding dong, ding dong… no conclusion, so I do it because we want some of the wealth,” he said.

The Chief Minister, however, said the sales tax could be reduced if Sarawak’s shares are equivalent to the revenue from oil and gas.

“I am very flexible as long as we get the equivalent revenue. We can reduce the tax because the oil and gas is within Sarawak’s territory,” he said.

Demak Fabrication Dockyard (Demak Fabrication Yard) is capable of world-class fabrication capacity. Photo: Bernama