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State keeps commitment to strengthen position in industries

Zaini (left) showing Yahya (second left) the model of the new building while Mohd Anuar (third left) looks on

26th February, 2016

By ERIC BAGANG Eric@newsabahtimes.com.my

KOTA KINABALU: Low global crude oil prices do not affect the State government’s commitment to strengthen Sabah’s position in various industries, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman.

He said this includes collaborating with the industries to raise professional level, capacity building and providing opportunities to increase skills.

“We have also formed a committee to look into human resource needs in critical sectors including oil and gas to fulfil the current needs as well as in the long run.

“In this context, I am happy with Petronas’ continuous efforts in helping to build human capital in the State through its various corporate social responsibility programmes, be it through education sponsorship or skills development programmes for the youths,” he said at the launch of the construction for the new Petronas building at Petronas Tower here yesterday.

Speaking of the event, Musa said that it is a significant one as it is in line with the government’s aspiration to have more local companies to take the opportunities offered by oil and gas companies.

This, he said is very important, in order to boost their respective capacities, starting with involving in local contracts before moving to more challenging technical fields.

He also congratulated Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd and local company KK Dinamik Sdn Bhd for their success in securing the contract to construct the new building through an open tender process.

“I hope this project will go on smoothly and will be completed based on specification and within the timeframe given.

“I hope the joint-venture between these two companies will be the best example for other local companies to prove that Sabah companies are also capable to execute big scale projects such as this.

“It is indeed the government’s wish to see more local companies to have direct involvement in oil and gas industry.

“At the same time, the State government, through its agencies and its Government-Linked Corporations (GLC), aspires to become participant and main player in oil and gas industries, both upstream and downstream,” he added.

In congratulating Petronas for the construction of the new building, Musa said that apart from becoming another significant landmark in the city, it also shows the oil and gas company’s confidence in the potentials of the oil and gas industry in the State.

He said that Sabah’s strategic location has made it an ideal location for exploration and production activities in the Asia-Pacific region.

“The State government recognises the vast potential offered by the industry which helps to drive the State’s social and economic development,” he said.

Musa’s speech was delivered by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin who represented him at the event.

Yahya would later witnessed the signing of MoU between Petronas and the joint-venture companies who were respectively represented by Petronas Sabah & Labuan chairman Mohd Zaini Mohd Yunus, Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd chairman Tan Sri Zakaria Abdul Hamid and KK Dinamik Sdn Bhd managing director Datuk Ajit Galun.

The new 11-storey office tower will have the capacity to house 500 Petronas employees who are presently located in rented office spaces in the city.

The construction of the RM137 million building which will be connected to the existing Petronas Tower will commence in March 2016 and is expected to be completed in August 2018.

Also present were State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, City Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai, Petronas senior vice president of Upstream Malaysia Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd Sabah Operation Reliability & Maintenance head Aidy Ahmad Hijazi, Muhibbah Engineering (M) Bhd executive director Ooi Sen Eng and KK Dinamik Sdn Bhd general manager Bonipasius Bianis.

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