State govt gives RM720,000 to Sarawak Oil and Gas Workers Association

From left: Sogwa vice-president Keroana Johny Weiss, Jamal and committee member Jakobsin Badit at the press conference.

KUCHING, Oct 6: The state government has agreed to assist Sarawak Oil and Gas Workers Association (Sogwa) with an allocation of RM720,000, revealed the association’s president Jamal Abdullah@Tedong Chakaw.

Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg here today, Jamal said it was good news for Sogwa and its members.

“Abang Johari has agreed to help and allocate RM720,000 for us to secure a permanent office and settle down in Miri. This will enable us to run our operations and association better.

“With a proper place, we can also conduct training and induction for oil and gas workers instead of having to scavenge around,” he said at the press conference.

Jamal also explained that Sogwa functions as a referral point for major oil and gas companies in terms of manpower supply.

If any of these companies need manpower, Jamal asserted that they need to go to Sogwa to find suitable and skilled candidates.

“Because of this, we will plan and work it out with state government and Economic Planning Unit.

“We’ve also requested to the state government to help monitor ‘holiday makers’ which come on Monday to Friday to earn money in Sarawak. We don’t stop them, instead, we will support by all means to fulfill the positions gradually through job replacement or recruitment. This is also to protect the rights of Sarawakians,” he added. — DayakDaily