On the morning of 2nd February 1989, I arrived at Dayabumi, a greenhorn to the petroleum industry. After 21 years, I leave the organization, grey haired – having fulfilled the trust or ‘amanah’ that was placed on my shoulders. I could not have done so without the support, dedication, commitment and sacrifices from each and everyone of you where ever you are located. We have done this together as a team. We have built an institution that is respected globally. We hace avoided scandals and God willing this institution will continue to exist long after we are all gone. This institution is not about me – it is about all of us including our families. All I can say I thank you from the bottom of my heart. No words, no deeds can express the gratitude and I owe it to all of you. It is not about Hassan Merican, it is about all of us.
It has been an enriching and fulfilling journey for me. Never in my wildest dreams did this person from Sungai Petani ever dreams of leading a Fortune 100 company. I have had the honour and privilege to meet with leaders of many countries and the corporate world, but in the end it is all of you that have made it possible. We did it based on values and principles that are dear to us. It is my hope that you will continue to uphold those values and principles. Lose it and we will lose all that we have built.
There will be many challenges that you will face as you continue to serve and contribute to the organization. Rewards and acknowledgement will be scarce – but I know you will do it because you are a special breed of people. It is my hope that you will bring PETRONAS to greater height – standing shoulder to shoulder with the best in the industry.
Tomorrow is my last day in PETRONAS – after 21 years and seven days. I would be lying if I am to tell you that I am not sad, but at the same time, I have always known that it will never be permanent. As such it makes it easier. It would have been nice if time was on my side to personally go around to say thank you – but that is no longer possible.
I have no advise to leave you except to remind you to continue to live with and believe in the SHARED VALUES in both your professional and personal lives. To the younger generation, you need to know and remember that it was not so easy in the early days. It is now your turn to carry the torch – keep it high and keep it burning. Learn from your elders. Give them the respect they deserve. To the elders, nurture the younger generation so that they can continue the legacy. As I have said, there will be many challenges as you go forward. It will require a large amount of resilience and perseverance. The Global Championship journey will never end – it continues. Remember, if it ends, it will be the beginning of the end.
In my years in PETRONAS, I have made many decisions – some right, some wrong and some unpleasant. These decisions we based on analysis and information available the moment in time, and some a judgment call. There would have been occasions when some of the decisions may have hurt some of you. I have many shortcomings. I have endeavored to be fair, reasonable and consistent. I offer you my apologies and humbly seek you forgiveness. I am afterall a mere mortal –lacking in many aspects.
I have received many emails and text messages. I have tried to reply to most of them but unfortunately time has not been on my side to reply to all. I thank you for the kind words and well wishes and I shall cherish them for the rest of my life.
Finally, as I leave tomorrow, on behalf of myself and my family, please accept our apologies for our shortcomings and transgressions. It has been a humbling feeling and a privilege to serve PETRONAS. I could not have done it without all of you on my side. You have been my family and I hope that you will continue to accept us as family.
As we retreat into the sunset, my family and I wish all of you the very best for the future. I hope you will support my replacement, Dato’ Shamsul Azhar Abbas in his endeavours.
Salam dan mohon maaf atas segala kesilapan dan harap halalkan makan minum kami.
Mohd Hassan Marican
A.Alizul- I hope that there will be more Hassan Merican after this, to develop PETRONAS and our nation, Thanks Tan Sri