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KUCHING, July 1, 2015:

Sarawak expects to receive half a billion in allocations from Petronas under its corporate social responsibility contribution within the next five years.

To kick start the contribution, Petronas announced RM90 million as its contribution this year to enhance education, community development and well being including environmental conservation in the state.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem described the contribution, from the national petroleum corporation which has helped develop the oil and gas industry in the state, as responsible and generous.

“We would like to thank you for being responsible in giving back to the community and our environment.

“And I have to admit your offer to us is generous, but we hope you can be more generous as the oil comes from here,” said Adenan referring to the ongoing oil and gas negotiations.

Adenan said the negotiation now, is between the state and federal government in which the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has agreed to consider the state’s proposal.

“Royalty negotiation is no longer at Petronas’ level as once it is approved, it will come from the federal government and not from Petronas,” said Adenan when met after officiating the Petronas announcement on its contribution to the state event here today.

Under the five year CSR contribution, it also included the construction of a new Maktab Rendah Sains Mara in Bintulu and two Asrama Desa to cater to rural students, adoption of five schools in Lundu under the Trust School Programme in collaboration with Yayasan Amir, enhancement of technical skills via the Vocational Institution Sponsorship and Training Assistance, new sponsorship programme with Mara through Program Budi-Petronas for underprivileged students in MRSM in the state and increase of intake for Graduate Employability Enhancement Scheme from Sarawak.

Petronas will also increase its educational sponsorship under the Program Sentuhan Ilmu Petronas (PSIP) and Petronas Education Sponsorhsip Programme (PESP) for students in Sarawak where 37 received their sponsorship to further their studies both locally and abroad.

Apart from that, 11 additional CSR projects to enhance community well being and environmental conservation would also be implemented in collaboration with the relevant state government agencies.

These projects include the conservation of coral reefs at the 12,200 hectare Sibuti Reef complex located within the 186,930 hectares Miri-Sibuti Marine National Park, building of community centers, setting up of Petrosains Playsmart Centre, sponsorship of Sarawak Regatta, contribution to deserving local NGOs and the implementation of disaster relief support programmes.

On top of all this, in line with the state’s aim to have more local participation in the oil and gas industry, Petronas have also awarded RM2.1 billion worth projects earlier this year and the state have also set up a monitoring body to ensure both the pledges and contracts were carried out accordingly.

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