PUTATAN 14th August, 2011: Petronas must give more business opportunities for local companies in the building of the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal in Kimanis.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin said the national oil firm should give contract works and supply contracts to Sabah companies which are capable.
“Beside business opportunities, our local youths should also be given priority to secure jobs in SOGT,” he told reporters after attending a breaking of fast and the presentation of assistance from Petronas held at Masjid Jamek Putatan, Friday night.
The programme is jointly organized by Petronas, Ladang Sri Dalima Sdn Bhd and Koperasi Perpaduan Putatan Berhad.
More than 200 orphans, poor, single mothers and disabled persons received the assistance including cash and kind.
Also present were Assistant Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk .Edward Yong Oui Fah, and Putatan MP Datuk Dr.Marcus Mojigoh.
Yahya who is also the State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister said with better opportunities, local companies would have the chance to work with Petronas.
“And if the business involves engineering, it will allow our local companies to receive the necessary experience,” he said.
According to him, if given the direction, Sabah companies would be able to progress and prosper.
The more important point is that, these companies will have the capability to compete in the future, he added.
On another note, Yahya said the Sabah government is appreciative of Petronas for their support for smart students from Sabah in awarding study scholarships.
“Through these scholarships, our capable youth will be taught on the oil and gas industry. We will have more engineers and experts in the field,” he said adding that Petronas also contributed considerably to the wellbeing of the poor and underprivileged community.