Kenyataan Media PC Petronas 9 Januari 2014

Jan 9, 2014 Publish by Media MTEM

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MTEM MENGECAM TINDAKAN TERHADAP ROMBAKAN LEGASI PETRONAS DAN MENUNTUT AGAR TAN SRI SHAMSUL TAMPIL MENJAWAB PERSOALAN

Akhir-akhir ini semakin jelas kelihatan satu siri kempen yang disusun penuh teliti oleh Petronas bagi menenggelamkan isu-isu yang semakin banyak dibangkitkan. Mereka juga secara tiba-tiba begitu bermurah hati menganugerahkan kontrak-kontrak besar kepada syarikat Bumiputera terpilih. Walaupun langkah itu boleh dilihat sebagai pro-aktif, namun isu sebenar tidak pernah dijawab. Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu (MTEM) mengutuk usaha ‘sulit’ oleh individu tertentu dalam Petronas untuk merombak dasar, personaliti dan keputusan pelaburan demi memenuhi matlamat peribadi dan keuntungan semata-mata. Spekulasi mula hangat apabila Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad mengumumkan peletakan jawatannya sebagai Penasihat Petronas pada bulan lalu. Namun, YAB Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Razak dengan pantas merayu agar Tun mempertimbangkan kembali keputusannya dan Tun Dr. Mahathir telah memberikan reaksi yang positif. Sebaliknya, Petronas mengambil tindakan berdiam diri dan kami dimaklumkan menerusi sumber yang boleh dipercayai bagaimana layanan buruk diberikan terhadap Tun Mahathir apabila pejabatnya di KLCC dikosongkan dalam tempoh 24 jam selepas peletakan jawatan tersebut. Adakah begini caranya Petronas membalas jasa negarawan yang telah meletakkan Petronas ke tahap Fortune 500 sedangkan sumbangannya selama 27 tahun memang tidak boleh disangkal sehingga hari ini? Adakah mereka terlalu gembira dengan ketiadaan Tun?
Tun Dr. Mahathir tidak akan meletak jawatan sewenang-wenangnya, bahkan beliau seorang negarawan yang masih cergas berkongsi pengalamannya sama ada melalui pertemuan-pertemuan mahupun penulisannya. Pejabat Tun masih sibuk menerima kunjungan tetamu, namun Petronas sebaliknya dengan sombong melayan Tun dengan buruk sekali.

Walaupun Petronas merupakan syarikat yang ditubuhkan untuk kepentingan umum, kita tidak pernah mendapat akses kepada maklumat dan data berkaitan prestasi Petronas yang sebenar kerana ia adalah dokumen sulit. Lebih mencurigakan apabila Petronas mengambil pendekatan menjawab aduan dan kritikan, atau bertindak secara lebih progresif, Petronas lebih suka menjawab menggunakan kempen media melalui data-data yang menyebelahinya. Syarikat tersebut berterusan membisu walaupun diajukan pelbagai persoalan oleh MTEM. Antaranya kes pemberian kontrak bernilai RM10 billion kepada kontraktor Bumiputera sedangkan nilai belanjawan Petronas bernilai lebih RM300 billion, atau kes VDP Petronas yang telah menyusut daripada 79 kepada 9 buah sahaja sehingga tahun lalu. Disamping itu, Petronas cuma melantik 3 VDP baru semenjak diterajui oleh Tan Sri Shamsul, kes Bread Story dan nasi
lemak, laba yang berterusan untuk Technip dan Dialog, serta pelbagai masalah yang menghantui usaha Petronas di peringkat antarabangsa.

Budaya mengelak daripada menjawab soalan tidak berlaku kepada MTEM semata-mata, tetapi turut digunapakai apabila dipersoalkan oleh kerajaan mahupun pembangkang. Persoalan yang sama telah diajukan oleh perwakilan UMNO dalam Perhimpunan Agung UMNO baru-baru ini, tetapi tidak pernah mendapat maklum balas yang memuaskan daripada Petronas.

Pendek kata, walaupun Petronas cuba memaparkan kejayaan demi kejayaan, hakikatnya pemain industri dan pengguna sedang berada dalam situasi ekonomi yang amat sukar sekarang.

MTEM mendapati bagaimana Petronas secara tersembunyi menstruktur semula polisi-polisi penting semenjak teraju kepimpinannya diambilalih oleh Tan Sri Shamsul. Malangnya polisi yang telah diubah ini telah menyebabkan begitu ramai usahawan Petronas terkandas, sebaliknya peluang-peluang tersebut diraih oleh pelabur luar yang telah membentuk kerjasama dengan syarikat milik Petronas atas dasar perkongsian risiko. Segalanya terjadi melalui rombakan semula SWEC Codes (Standardised Works and Equipments Category) dan MTR (Minimum Technical Requirements). Selain daripada rombakan polisi, strategi pelaburan juga nampaknya sudah berpaling ke arah negara maju sekaligus melukakan perasaan sahabat-sahabat dari negara dunia ketiga yang telah dijalin sekian lama.
Petronas bukan sekadar syarikat minyak dan gas biasa. Ia bukan hak milik Tan Sri Shamsul dan ahli lembaga pengarah yang lain, tetapi merupakan aset berharga yang dimilik oleh seluruh rakyat Malaysia. Petronas menyumbang sebegitu banyak keuntungannya demi membangun negara dan itu merupakan suatu tanggungajawab yang tidak perlu dipersoalkan lagi.

Sekiranya legasi baru atau impian memecahkan rekod keuntungan yang menjadi pendorong utama Tan Sri Shamsul, kita tetap mempertikai keupayaannya. Tan Sri Shamsul sebenarnya tidak pernah mewarisi kepincangan sebagaimana yang sering didakwa, tetapi mewarisi sebuah syarikat bertaraf Fortune 500, mewarisi tanggungjawab untuk berbakti kepada rakyat Malaysia dan bukan kepada para pelabur semata-mata. Tan Sri Shamsul perlu bertanggungjawab kepada tokoh-tokoh terdahulu yang telah membina landasan terbaik dan selesa buatnya. Negarawan dan tokoh korporat yang hebat seperti Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin, Tan Sri Hassan Merican bahkan Tun Dr Mahathir sendiri telah berjaya membuktikan kecemerlangan dan kesetiaan mereka kepada negara dan kepada Petronas. Legasi kecemerlangan berlaku secara berkesinambungan oleh tokoh-tokoh peneraju Petronas dan tidak pernah diputuskan.

Tan Sri Shamsul mendakwa bahawa beliau tidak pernah mengidamkan jawatan tertinggi Petronas. Barangkali mengenangkan betapa sukarnya memikul tanggungajwab sebaik tokoh-tokoh Petronas sebelum ini. Namun, apabila diteliti prestasi dan halatuju syarikat tersebut hari ini, mungkin ada baiknya Tan Sri Shamsul menolak pelawaan tersebut dahulu.

MTEM akan terus komited dalam memperjuangkan keresahan para pendokong Petronas yang sedang dirundung malapetaka ini serta suara masyarakat yang prihatin. Namun setiap kesabaran ada batasnya dan kita melihat semakin ramai mereka yang tampil kehadapan untuk bersuara. Tan Sri Shamsul harus berani tampil untuk menjelaskan pelan tindakan serta polisi Petronas yang wajib mendahulukan kebajikan warganegara Malaysia melebihi segala yang lain. Jika tidak mampu, beliau sewajarnya berundur.

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MTEM CONDEMNS EFFORT TO DISMANTLE PETRONAS LEGACY AND DEMANDS TAN SRI SHAMSUL TO COME CLEAN

 

Lately we are seeing a series of carefully coordinated move by Petronas to diffuse all the troubles previously highlighted in the media through expansive (and expensive) campaign; and a sudden outburst of contracts given to the so-called Bumiputera champions. While such move may be seen as pro-active, the real issue was never addressed. Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu (MTEM) condemns a ‘clandestine’ effort by a certain individuals within Petronas to dismantle and discredit policies, personalities and investment decisions for the sake of achieving numbers and personal glory. There was plenty of speculation when Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad announced his resignation as Petronas Advisor last month, but Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak was quick to ask Tun to reconsider his decision, and Tun Dr. Mahathir responded rather positively. Petronas on the other hand had chosen to remain silent. We were told by reliable sources within Petronas and from Tun Mahathir’s office about how Petronas humiliated Tun by clearing and locking his KLCC office within 24 hours after his resignation. Is this how a national oil company treat a man who was very instrumental at turning Petronas into a Fortune 500 company and equipped with undeniable contribution in his 27 years and to date tenure? Are they really that glad to let him go? Tun Dr. Mahathir would not resign for health reason alone. On the contrary, we can see clearly that Tun is still a very healthy statesman who continues to actively advocates or shares his thoughts and experiences both through his engagements and his writings. His office is still as busy as ever, and yet Petronas chooses to treat him like a sore thumb. Even though Petronas is a company established to serve the rakyat, we did not have the luxury to assess actual data or performance of Petronas as it is highly classified. Even more surprisingly is the fact that rather than answering all the complaints and the critics, or taking a more progressive approach towards engaging, consulting and resolving issues; Petronas decided to curtail such critics by manipulating data through extensive media campaign and advertisements. The company continues to keep mum despite a long list of issues addressed by MTEM particularly the case of awarding RM10 billion worth of projects to only 6 Bumiputera companies versus a RM300 billion budget allocated for capital expenditure; or the case of 79 companies registered under their Vendor Development Program (VDP) shrinking to only 9 last year. In addition, only 3 new VDP has been appointed ever since Tan Sri Shamsul Azhar Abas took over as Petronas CEO, the case of Bread Story and nasi lemak, the fortune of companies such as Technip and Dialog and problems with their overseas venture among many others. This unhealthy trend of ignoring questions did not stop at MTEM, but continues to be practiced even when it came from the government and the opposition. The recently concluded UMNO General Assembly was a testament to such behavior when calls from a number of concerned UMNO citizens were not answered.
In short, despite the successful persona that Petronas is trying to portray, life has never been harder for the rest of the industry players and the consumers. MTEM had also discovered how Petronas discreetly restructured strategic policies ever since the new management led by Tan Sri Shamsul took over. Instead of doing any good, the changes resulted in a huge decline of local oil and gas participants and granted an influx of foreign participation who used Petronas subsidiaries as a risk sharing partner. This was done thru revamping and rewriting SWEC Codes (Standardised Works and Equipments Category) and MTR (Minimum Technical Requirements) policies among others. Besides the change in policies, Petronas investment strategies are now skewed to favor alliances with the more developed countries, hence hurting friendships that had been established for decades with their third world neighbors. Petronas is not a privately owned oil company. It does not belong to Tan Sri Shamsul and his board of directors; but an asset that belongs to all Malaysian. Petronas contributed a significant portion of its revenues to the government, and as a national company it is obligated to do so without question. If new legacy or record-breaking profit is what he is aiming for, it remains questionable if Tan Sri Shamsul can really pull it off. Contrary to what he believed, Tan Sri Shamsul did not inherit a mess. He had inherited a Fortune 500 company, and his primary duty is to serve Malaysian and not his investors alone. He is answerable to his predecessors who had built a golden throne for him to sit. Great leaders such as Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, the late Tan Sri Azizan Zainul Abidin, Tan Sri Hassan Merican and even Tun Dr. Mahathir himself had proven beyond doubt their loyalties to the company and to the country. The legacy of excellence had been passed on from one great leader to another and never been broken. Tan Sri Shamsul never wanted the Petronas top job as it was often told. Maybe he knew then how hard it must be to fill in the shoes of the great Petronas leaders. But looking at where the company is heading right now, perhaps he was right not to accept the job in the first place. MTEM is committed to continue her battle to speak on behalf of the unfortunate supporters of Petronas, and to the concerned citizen of Malaysia. Patience is running low as more and more people have come forward to share their discontent. Tan Sri Shamsul must come clean about his plan and policies that must benefit Malaysian first. Otherwise he should go.

 

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