KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman wants Petronas to give priority to local contractors in the awarding of contracts involving the national petroleum company’s oil and gas projects.
Musa, who is also state Finance Minister, said if there were work in the oil and gas upstream and downstream sectors that could be carried out by local contractors or entrepreneurs, the contracts should be given to them.
“Of course, contracts have been given to local contractors all this while but there should be more,” he said when opening the annual general meeting of the Sabah Bumiputera Chamber of Commerce (DPBS), here, yesterday.
Also present was DPBS president Datuk Hasnol Ayub.
Musa, who was involved in business for 20 years before going into politics, admitted it was not easy to be successful in the oil and gas business but not impossible for local contractors, particularly the Bumiputeras, to achieve that through hard work and perseverance.
He also said that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had agreed that Class F contractors be given the opportunity to participate in projects to build affordable houses.
With that, there would be more work opportunities for Class F contractors in Sabah and no longer monopolised by certain companies only, he added.
Musa also reminded Bumputera contractors and entrepreneurs to carry out by themselves, the projects given to them instead of farming them out to other contractors as an easy way to make profit or earn commission.
He said such an attitude would actually not benefit Bumiputera contractors in the long run in terms of experience and know-how, and also deviated from the government’s aspiration of producing capable, successful and respected Bumiputera contractors and entrepreneurs.