KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (pic) has urged Shell Malaysia to reconsider its plan to downsize its operations in Sabah.
The Sabah Deputy Chief Minister said it was a wrong move as the state was dealing with the Covid-19 situation.
Bung Moktar, who is also state Infrastructure Development Minister, said was commenting on a report on the oil and gas company's plan to downsize its office based in Kota Kinabalu.
"The Sabah government is seriously looking into the decision by Shell Malaysia to reduce its operations in the state.
"I urged the company to reconsider as it will bring economic impact to workers involved, as well as impacting Sabah's economy," he said in a statement on Friday (Oct 23).
Shell Malaysia should instead work together with the state government to bring about a balanced economy instead of merely looking at Sabah as a source of profit, thus abandoning them when times are hard, he added.
"Shell is one of the petroleum companies that benefited a lot in this state through upstream and downstream activities.
"A plan should have been worked out together with the state government while riding out the global pandemic instead of making its own," he said.
A news portal had reported that Shell Malaysia confirmed the exercise to reduce office operations here. The company did not provide a reason for such a move.
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