Warisan candidate wants Petronas to build refinery in Kimanis to help create job opportunities

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  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2020

Parti Warisan Sabah candidate Datuk Karim Bujang (left) on the first day of campaigning for Kimanis by-election during walkabout at Membakut Sunday Market. - ZULAZHAR SHEBLEE /The Star

BEAUFORT: Parti Warisan Sabah candidate for the Kimanis by-election, Datuk Karim Bujang, hopes discussions can be held with oil and gas company Petronas to build a processing plant in Kimanis instead of sending raw materials to Bintulu, Sarawak, for processing.

He said Sunday (Jan 5) that if a processing plant was built in Kimanis, there would be more job opportunities for folks here.

He said for now, there were some people from Kimanis working in the oil and gas fields but not many.

Karim said this in response to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s suggestion to stop sending all the oil and gas to Sarawak for processing during an event recently.

Karim said the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) in Kimanis sends a huge amount of oil and gas to be processed in Bintulu, and some was bought by independent power producers (IPP) directly.

“There is some leftover here and maybe we can discuss with Petronas to have them set up a processing plant in Kimanis so that we can provide jobs for the Kimanis people, ” he said.

He said this during a walkabout in Membakut town and the weekly market on Sunday (Jan 5).

During his walkabout, Karim listened to what the people had to say about Membakut, its development and the current government administration.

“Some are happy and some are not, ” he said, adding that he cannot promise the stars and moon now but will try to see how to help the people of Membakut solve their woes.

He said the walkabout was an opportunity for him to be closer to the people and listen to their grouses and concerns, while getting a feel of what the people’s sentiments were.

“I want to be serious and use this opportunity to campaign fairly and in a clean manner, ” he said.

Earlier in the walkabout, Karim also bumped into Umno candidate Datuk Mohamad Alamin.

Karim and Mohamad - known better as “Mo” - shook hands and wished each other the best before going on with their respective programmes.

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