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Warning about working for Shell in Malaysia

Above are screenshots from Shell Malaysia website taken 17 June 2011

Introduction by John Donovan

Many visitors to are aware of past litigation involving several hundred thoroughly disgruntled employees of Shell in Malaysia who sued Shell on various grounds, including wrongful dismissal and allegations that Shell management made unlawful deductions from the employee retirement fund.

That was not the only recent litigation.

Eight Royal Dutch Shell Companies joined together to sue a former Shell Malaysia Production Geologist, Dr John Huong (right), to stop him blowing the whistle on management misdeeds, including fraudulently inflating claimed hydrocarbon reserves and putting employee lives at risk due to lax safety procedures. Shell buried Dr Huong in multiple injunctions and made repeated attempts to have him imprisoned before settling the entire litigation out of court.

A former  Shell Malaysia executive, Mr John Johns has also made very serious allegations against his former management colleagues and says he has the evidence to prove that was he alleges is true.

Unfortunately, obtaining justice in Malaysia is an uphill struggle because the judiciary is endemically corrupt and Shell has friends and infuence in very high places.

We now have alarming news from another Shell Malaysia source.


Despite being the world’s number one Fortune 500 company, Shell has a long way to go to comply with its own Ethical Guidelines.

The previously well respected company has taken the stand that if there are no local labour laws to protect its employees, then, ‘anything goes’. Unfairly dismissing employees is a rampant practice in Malaysia. It is so common, that Shell Malaysia has appointed multiple legal firms to defend itself. In the capital of Kuala Lumpur alone, it has appointed at least three separate legal firms to deal with the piling cases.

Unfortunately, these are only cases that went to courts. For every such case, there were many more that never reached the courts. The losers are not Shell…it is the victimised employees. Unlike Western countries, the only legal remedy Malaysians have is to go through the legal process, which sometimes take more than 10 years. Many victims don’t bother with this and just accept their fate and try to move on.

Employees are often bullied into resigning or given poor performance evaluations by their incompetent supervisors. Usually, the management needs a scapegoat to put the blame on. The lax employment laws in Malaysia makes it an ideal place for Shell to literally do as it likes.

The following are just some of the cases that are pending in the Malaysian Labour courts. (Claimants names removed to protect privacy). For full details of each case and findings, please go to the court website and type ‘Shell’ in respondent. This is publicly available.

I would strongly recommend potential Shell employees to consider carefully before signing the dotted line.

Case No. 8/4-234/97
50 employees vs Sarawak Shell Bhd

2 8/4-406/97
4 employees vs Sarawak Shell Bhd

3 8/4-653/97
5 employees vs Sarawak Shell Bhd

4 8/4-8/98 Miss G vs Sarawak Shell Bhd.

5 8/4-166/98
5 employees vs Sarawak Shell Berhad

6 8/4-334/98
2 employees vs Sarawak Shell Bhd.

7 7/4-732/11 Mr K vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd.

8 14/4-1996/07 Mr M vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd

9 3(15)(3)/4-1461/04 Mr J vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd./Shell Malaysia Limited

10 22(19)/4-2884/04 Mr N Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd.

11 8/4-653/98 C & 5 others vs Sarawak Shell Sdn. Bhd

12 8(17)/4-770/00 Mr R vs Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited

13 1(15)/2-155/02 Workers Union vs SHELL Malaysia Trading Sendirian Bhd., SHELL Refining Company Bhd., SHELL Malaysia Limited dan Tiram Kimia Sendirian Bhd.

14 27(12)/4-851/02 Ms R vs Stesyen Minyak Shell Jana

15 12/1-357/04 Workers Union vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd, Shell Refining Company Bhd, Shell Malaysia Limited & Tiram Kimia Sdn. Bhd

16 20(28)(12)/4-733/04 Mr A vs Shell Refining Company (FOM) Bhd.

17 8/4-1377/04 Mr H Sarawak Shell Berhad

18 17/4-2322/04 Mr A vs Sabah Shell Petroleum Company Limited

19 22(6)/4-2455/04 Mr J vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd.

20 8/4-2607/04 Mr J vs Sarawak Shell Berhad

21 17(8)/4-2622/04 Mr Y vs Sarawak Shell Berhad

22 10/4-3272/04 Mr P vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd.

23 20(13)/4-618/06 Mr M vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd.

24 26/4-1017/06 Mr A vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn.Bhd

25 1/1-1329/06 Ms R vs Stesyen Minyak Shell Jana

26 11/4-1879/06 Mr M vs  Shell Refining Company (Federation Of Malaya) Berhad

27 10/4-2258/06 Ms L vs Clamshell Dredging Sdn. Bhd


29 1/1-912/07 Shell Employees Union vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd. Shell Malaysia Limited & Shell Refining Company (F.O.M) Bhd

30 20/4-307/08 Mr M vs Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd



Shell has spent shareholder funds on draconian defamation legal proceedings with related injunctions and demands for the imprisonment of Dr. Huong by lawyers acting for EIGHT DIFFERENT ROYAL DUTCH SHELL companies. Ironically, despite a settlement between the parties, including a case for wrongful dismissal, the same information is still being published on the same website (THIS ONE).

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