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Status quo not acceptable during COVID-19

Adib Noor

Experts in the energy industry shared their experience in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic yesterday in the second session of the Energy Week Symposium titled, ‘Resilience To The New Norm’ as part of the of the second day of the Brunei Mid-Year Conference and Exhibition 2022 (Brunei MYCE 2022) Energy week held yesterday at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas.

On hand to represent their respective companies were TotalEnergies (Brunei) Corporate Service Manager Harina Ramlee, Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd Quality, Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (QHSSE) Manager Captain Mohd Shahrin bin Haji Ibrahim; Brunei Fertilizer Industries Sdn Bhd (BFI) Deputy Manager Technical Haji Muhammad Ibrahim bin Pengiran Dato Paduka Haji Abu Bakar; and International SOS Malaysia Medical Director Dr Chan Yanjun.

The industry experts shared that the pandemic had forced their respective companies to adapt quickly. Harina Ramlee of TotalEnergies Brunei stated that it was a period which was focussed on finding effective processes through trials, learning and improving from what was experienced throughout the course of the pandemic.

It was also highlighted that organisational resilience and staff management are important keys to ensure the success of a business continuity plan.

The experts all agreed that in many ways the pandemic had affected the industry positively despite the shortcomings.

“The pandemic taught us to adapt out of necessity, it made everyone realise that it was no longer feasible to accept the status quo if we wanted to remain resilient and to be competitive,” said Haji Muhammad Ibrahim.

Panellists at the event. PHOTO: ADIB NOOR