It has to come to our attention that Malaysian companies involved in oil and gas industry, which have benefitted immensely from Petronas, is believed to not do their bit in corporate social responsibility for the Malaysian masses, particularly for the unskilled youths and school leavers.
These contractors and service and solution providers have been awarded projects and amassed a lot of wealth from Petronas due to the Federal Government policies towards their status as ‘Malaysian companies’ and not on their competency and capability alone. That provided space and opportunities for capacity building, which later became beneficial in these companies’ growth and multidimensional expansion.
Now that they are there, they are conveniently turning a blind eye towards the strategic initiatives to develop the Malaysian youth masses. The excuse is “Market forces”. The fact is that, not only do little to train Malaysian youths and provide them will upskilling opportunities, they are pitting their fellow Malaysians to compete against the imported labourers.
The Federal Government is providing training and up-skilling opportunities for Malaysian youths classified under ‘Not in Education or Training’ (NIET), to earn basic skills and necessary competencies for the industry. Never-mind the fact these contractors and service providers to Petronas not willing to do it.
Now, the expect these Malaysian youths to be paid equally with foreign labourers, particularly from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Myanmar. “We have to go with market forces and get who ever offers the lowest”.
It is convenient for executives of these home grown oil and gas contractor and service providers and support companies reflect on their roots and journey to this point of their corporate history. If they think why they shouldn’t pay Malaysian youths more than the labourers because of “Market forces”, then how about when Petronas awarded them their first job back then. Where they they the best, against foreign contractors?
Probably what they should be also reminded is that more than 90% of the RM7.00 per hour wages that they are willing pay foreign labourers would flow out as opposed to if Malaysians youths were to be given the opportunity instead. Even if these Malaysian youths are paid 10-15% more, their wages would be recycled back into the domestic economy.
This is the same domestic economy which provided the resilience and drive to the eco-system were these oil and gas contractors and service providers benefitted from, right from the start.