Abang Johari to announce Petros CEO and board members this Friday

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg (right) is seen with MPC chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim at a press conference. - dayakdaily.com

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KUCHING: Petroleum Sarawak (Petros) chief executive officer and it’s board members will be revealed on this Friday said Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the person to be appointed the CEO will be a Sarawakian and have vast experience in oil and gas industry.

“The board members must also be Sarawakians and have experiences working in oil and gas companies, particularly Shell and Petronas,” he said to reporters after officiating at the business excellence seminar and forum organised by the Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching here.

Abang Johari, however, declined to confirm whether chief executive officer (CEO) of Bintulu Port Holdings Bhd (Bintulu Port) Datuk Mohammad Medan Abdullah will be made the CEO of Petros.

“I don’t know. You just have to wait (this Friday),” he said.

Last Friday, the chief minister had told reporters that he would announce the name of CEO and the board members within a week.

“It is not one week yet, so just wait,” he said.

Abang Johari confirmed that the chief executive officer of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) Datuk Seri Idris Jala will not be one of the board members.

He said it is correct to say that Idris is not on the board of Petros.

“I think he is too busy with Pemandu,” the chief minister said, adding:”We want people who are focussed on the job.”

After becoming the sixth chief minister of Sarawak, Abang Johari announced the setting up of Petros which will be involved in the oil and gas exploration in the territorial waters of Sarawak.

The setting up of Petros is one of the initiatives that Abang Johari said would leapfrog Sarawak into digital economy.

The other initiatives was the setting up of the Development Bank of Sarawak (DBoS) and the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) that would link Kuching with Kota Samarahan and Serian. – dayakdaily.com