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Bumis urged to take up technical training

September 15, 2011


INSPIRATIONAL: Taib and Ragad (fourth and third right) lead a group of PBB leaders in a symbolic lighting of the ‘Candle of Aspiration’ to inspire all leaders and members in continuing with the party’s struggle for the people next year. Seen from left are Minister with Special Functions in the Chief Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Datuk Amar Adenan Satem; Daud, Semariang assemblywoman Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali, Jabu, Abang Johari and Pantai Damai assemblyman Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi.

KUCHING: The state must develop a technical industry fraternity among Bumiputeras, highlighted Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud here Tuesday.

The development of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) is expected to generate 1.5 million jobs out of which 52 per cent would be in the technical field by 2030, he said.

Envisioning that the state could achieve a RM80,000 to RM90,000 per capita income per person by 2020, Taib reminded that this vision could only be achieved through the awareness of society that the state’s economy would provide all levels of technical jobs.

“The public must not think that SCORE only provide job opportunities to those with high qualification or degrees. Job opportunities are available to those with diplomas and technical certificates as well.

“In fact, our research revealed that by 2030, about 52 per cent of job opportunities in SCORE requires those with technical expertise and this is where the people need to realise the potential job opportunities,” said Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) president at a PBB-organised ‘Ramah-tamah Aidilfitri’ dinner at the Sarawak Islamic Council hall.

Urging all state elected representatives to encourage Bumiputeras to take up technical education, Taib reminded that all this could be achieved once everyone saw the potential needs of the technical field.

“We can’t follow the old trend of going to school and complete our studies without taking account of working prospects. Both students and their parents must be aware of the job opportunities in the future.

“In fact, many top leaders in the government have proposed for the establishment of a Bumiputera Trust Fund (BTF) to expedite the training of Bumiputeras to meet much needed manpower development in the technical field in SCORE,” he said.

Touching on the economic performance of the state Taib said: “Despite the current economic trend faced worldwide, the state sustained good financial management, where Sarawak’s cash reserve has managed to reach the RM17,000 million (RM17 billion) mark.

“This has put the state in a comfortable situation, especially when it comes to loan capitals for development.

“To build many projects that would generate job opportunities for the people. Therefore, foreign investors would feel secure in investing in the state.

“This is important, considering that the state needs to attract some RM30 billion worth of investment by 2015,” he pointed out.

Tuesday’s dinner was to celebrate Hari Raya among Kuching Zone PBB branches.

It was attended by all elected representatives, PBB state dignitaries, branch leaders and members.

Among the 750 guests were the chief minister’s wife Puan Sri Ragad Kurdi Taib, PBB deputy president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg who is also Housing and Urban Development Minister, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu and PBB vice-president Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman who is also assistant minister in the chief minister’s department (Islamic Affairs)

(Source:  Borneo Post, 15 September 2011)