Local Sarawak vendors can be part of international joint ventures through Sarawak Energy, says Premier

Abang Johari speaking at the SEVAA 2021 ceremony at a local hotel today (March 2, 2022).

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, March 2: Local vendors in Sarawak can also establish joint ventures with other countries such as Indonesia provided that Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) is the equity partner in projects outside Sarawak.

Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg said if the vendors continue to promise and deliver quality work, SEB would be willing to allow its vendors onboard any mega projects.

“SEB has your data and if you can provide good services based on the data and experiences to SEB, then you can follow SEB wherever it goes.

“Because you are the vendors and SEB has the confidence in you. This is also how Petronas grows their vendors.

“If you are consistent and diligent in managing your businesses, you can also grow big,” he said to vendors during the Sarawak Energy Vendors Appraisal & Award (SEVAA) 2021 ceremony at a local hotel here today.

Touching on local businesses’ involvements in projects, Abang Johari applauded SEB’s proactive effort to support local vendors and urged other large corporations to emulate such initiative.

At the same time, he urged local businesses to make greater efforts to equip themselves with important 21st century skills especially pertaining to digital economy and sustainability.

He wanted local vendors to always be driven in seeking opportunities to participate in development projects in Sarawak.

“In line with this, the Sarawak government will continue to provide venues to develop our people’s entrepreneur capacities and capabilities in key areas to increase productivity and competitiveness, support major industries as well as meet international standards to penetrate the global markets.

“This includes empowering our people through social entrepreneurship and providing them with the proper infrastructure to conduct businesses,” he added.

Among those present were Minister of Utility and Telecommunication Datuk Julaihi Narawi, Deputy Minister for Utility Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Deputy Minister for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Dr Hazland Abang Hipni, Sarawak Energy Bumiputera Participation Board Committee chairman Datuk Idris Buang, Sarawak Energy chairman Datuk Amar Abdul Hamed Sepawi and Sarawak Energy Group CEO Datu Sharbini Suhaili.— DayakDaily