The political hot potato of whether Malaysia’s national oil and gas company should bail out and/or take under its wing cash-strapped compatriot contractor Sapura Energy is still being fiercely debated in Kuala Lumpur’s corridors of power.

Politicians are continuing to weigh in on the issue, while Petronas and Sapura themselves are steering well clear.

Umno (United Malays National Organisation) party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urged Petronas to bail out Sapura. The struggling oil and gas services company is doing its utmost to restructure despite being saddled with loans totalling more than 10 billion ringgit (US$2.28