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Sultan stresses leadership vitality in oil and gas sector

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam visited the Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Headquarters on Tuesday, underscoring the crucial role of robust leadership in ensuring the nation’s economic security in the oil and gas sector.

In a titah during the unscheduled visit to the headquarters in Seria, Belait District, His Majesty acknowledged the industry’s pivotal contribution to Brunei’s economy.

His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam delivering the titah during the unscheduled visit to the Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Headquarters. Also seen in the photo are Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and Minister of Defence II Pehin Datu Lailaraja Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Haji Awang Halbi bin Haji Mohd Yussof and Minister at the PMO and Minister of Finance and Economy II Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah. PHOTOS: KHAYR ZAKARIYYA

Given the ongoing global crises and challenging economic conditions, the monarch stressed the imperative for proactive and sustainable preparations to navigate these challenges.

Highlighting the significance of leadership in determining BSP’s resilience, His Majesty stated, “This is from the leadership’s hard work and perseverance that product can be seen to be stimulating or not. If the leadership is weak or unremarkable, this will bring about weak production.”

The monarch extended the scope of leadership to include BSP’s board of directors, shareholders, Ministry of Finance and Economy, and the Department of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

His Majesty expressed aspiration for leadership characterised by positive values, including good morals, high integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, wisdom, hard work, determination, and a continuous commitment to fortifying policies ensuring economic security. His Majesty also underscored the importance of enhancing transparency through the improvement of practices and procedures, and refining methods to detect corruption, internal fraud, criminal breach of trust, and unethical conduct.

Addressing the workforce gap in the Oil and Gas Industry, His Majesty encouraged collaboration between BSP and the Department of Energy at the PMO with the Ministry of Education (MoE). This cooperation aims to prepare the next generation to fill vacant positions and adapt to the evolving needs of the industry, His Majesty said. 

His Majesty said this also applies to contractors and subcontractors involved directly and indirectly in the oil and gas industry, urging them all to act fairly and honestly rather than prioritising their own interests over advancing their organisations, including the well-being of their employees and staff.

During the visit, His Majesty toured various departments and divisions at the BSP Headquarters. – Hakim Hayat

His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam with BSP staff during the unscheduled visit to the BSP Headquarters.
His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam with BSP staff during the unscheduled visit to the BSP Headquarters. Also seen in the photo is BSP Managing Director and Shell Country Chair in Brunei Darussalam Agnete Johnsgaard-Lewis.
His Majesty The Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam with BSP staff during the unscheduled visit to the BSP Headquarters.

More details on Wednesday’s Borneo Bulletin

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