Firm committed to enhance socio-economic standard of rural folk

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MIRI: Petronas will continue its corporate social investment (CSI) to enhance the socio-economic standard of the rural communities in Sarawak.

Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd’s head of Sarawak Oil-Malaysian Assets Development and Production, Anuar Ismail, said one of the conglomerate’s ongoing CSI projects in Sarawak was the RM8mil Petronas-Sarawak Forestry Eco-Marine project at the Sibuti Reef Complex.

“This project will bring huge socio-economic benefits to the people of Sarawak, especially the local community in Miri.

“It will put Miri on the world diving map and act as a catalyst for the tourism industry, which is vital to spur the state’s economy.

“A healthy and undisturbed coral reef will contribute to higher fish population in Miri waters and better catch for local fishermen, Anuar said at the Petronas-Northern Sarawak Journalists Association (NSJA) networking dinner here.

He called for greater collaboration between the group and the media.

“The media is a very important stakeholder and strategic partner to Petronas.

“It is crucial for both parties to have good rapport and mutual understanding,” he said.

Events such as Kenyalang Journalist Awards reflected Petronas’ recognition of Sarawak-based journalists, Anuar said.

“I believe through this competition, members of the media in Sarawak will be inspired to elevate the standards of their journalistic pursuits for the benefit of the people and the state,” he added.

NSJA president Andy Jong said Petronas was the gold sponsor for the Kenyalang Journalist Awards, which would be held in Miri later this year.

“NSJA has so far maintained good cooperation with Petronas,” he said.