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Press Statement by CM Adenan

I had a meeting with the Prime Minister and Datuk Wan Zulkifli Wan Ariffin, CEO of Petronas yesterday at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya. We have these amicable agreements that:

1) The appointment of Sarawakian as a member of the board of directors of Petronas. The State Secretary will represent Sarawak.

2) The 192 posts now vacant are to be advertised in local papers and to be filled by Sarawakians. Petronas is to consult the State Government if no Sarawakian is suitable for the job.

3) Petronas will provide up to 50 places for Sarawakians to do undergraduate studies at University Technology Petronas.

4) Petronas will intensify Technical Training for Sarawakians and enroll more Sarawakians in their training centres throughout the country.

5) Petronas is committed to support two (2) Petrochemical Industries now under final negotiation. Petronas will also support other Petrochemical and downstream industries after the completion of the Joint Study on Petrochemical Industries with the state government.

6) Petronas together with Federal Government will consider the intention of State Government to participate in PSC contracts so that the

Barisan Nasional “welcomes” the birth of another political party as it will weaken the Opposition further, says Rahman Dahlan.

“It’s a healthy democratic process. As far as BN is concerned, we are ready for any eventualities,” said the BN strategic communications director this evening.

“In fact, we believe the new coalition will only weaken the Opposition further and strengthen the chances of BN to win big in the next General Election.

“We will continue to rigorously fight for our principles

KUALA KANGSAR - The Election Commission expects a 75% voter turnout in the Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar by-elections on Saturday, a lower estimate compared to the 13th General Election.

Its chairman, Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, said the expected lower turnout was due to voters who are unable to return to cast their ballots.

“The turnout was 88% in Sungai Besar during the last general election, but this time we expect about 75% in both areas.

“Voters living outside Perak may not want

THE HAGUE - German and Swiss authorities have carried out raids seizing documents after learning a German private detective had investigated the MH17 air disaster, Dutch officials and media said Tuesday.

Among the objects seized during last week’s raids were “apparently explosive papers” which Dutch investigators hope may narrow down the search for those behind the 2014 tragedy, said the daily De Telegraaf.

All 298 passengers and crew -- the majority of them Dutch -- died when Malaysia

The Works Ministry confirmed that the Penang state government has yet to submit documents or fixed any dates to meet the ministry regarding the third bridge project.

Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof in a statement today reiterated that his ministry was committed to a fair evaluation of the third bridge proposal that will link the Penang island to the mainland.

"We remind the Penang government to share with us all the relevant documents so that we are able to make an informed decision

Putrajaya should take the election pledges made by federal ministers seriously and not assume Sarawak would always be BN’s “fixed deposit”, said Sarawak BN Backbenchers Club Chairman Abdullah Saidol.

He also told reporters in the state assembly here today that the Federal Government should not take lightly Sarawak’s efforts to pursue greater autonomy rights and devolution of powers.

“Any promise made by the federal ministers during the state elections should not be taken for granted.

KUALA KANGSAR - Barisan Nasional candidate in the Kuala Kangsar by-election Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid remains strong, despite the various accusations aimed at her on the social media and websites, said her son, Wan Emir Astar Wan Mohammad Khair-il.

Wan Emir, 26, who is the oldest sibling, has taken onto himself the responsibility of campaigning for his mother, who is still observing the "iddah" (the mourning period which Muslim women have to observe following their death of their spouse, or

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