In the minds of so many people, the thought of Datuk Omar Ong no longer in the good books of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is a little bit far fetched since the former has been perceived to a close adviser and strategy confidante of the latter.
However, rumour is circulating within certain ‘inner circle’ about Ethos Consulting co-founder Omar Ong is leaving the BoD Petronas. This is the evidence of some degree of fall out between Prime Minister Najib and Omar.
Omar was appointed to the BoD of Petronas in May 2009, much to the displeasure of then the national oil company Adviser Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. In fact the appointment of Omar into BoD Petronas was one of the three burning points Tun Dr. Mahathir raised in his first meeting after Dato’ Sri Najib swore in as the Sixth Prime Minister on 3 April 2009.
Omar is believed to have brought in the ‘transformation’ in Petronas which saw Non Malays assuming strategic and very powerful operations positions replacing the functions and roles played by Malay professionals in one of the most profitable New Seven Sisters.
If this rumour turn out to be accurate then it would bring about new perspective of how Petronas is viewed and fresh expectations. The resignation of Tun Dr. Mahathir as Petronas Adviser was only three months ago and already created a ripple.