Friday, January 1, 2010

DUN Sitting (Day Six): Human Capital Development Must Meet Needs Of SCORE, says Taib

(Nov 08, 2010)

KUCHING, Nov 8 (Bernama) -- Human capital development must be able to meet the needs of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) to ensure the success of this mega development programme.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said that 20 years from now, SCORE which was expected to attract RM300 billion worth of investments would require knowledgeable and highly skilled manpower.

"Therefore, human capital development must be in tandem with SCORE's requirements," he said when winding up the debate at the state assembly sitting, here, Monday.

This way, Taib said, in future SCORE would be able to check the migration of local youths who possessed the skills in various fields of industry to other countries like the Gulf states.

He said the stiff competition at the global level in hiring highly skilled manpower and offering high salaries should also serve as a lesson in the development of SCORE.

Taib also said that under the politics of development, the local people must not be allowed to lag behind in the development process such as in SCORE.

"For SCORE to succeed, we need a stronger and more stable government to gain the confidence of investors and that is why we have continued with the second wave of politics of development."

According to Taib, politics and development could not be separated as this was important to ensure that all the plans drawn up could be implemented.

He said SCORE would be able to streamline the state's development in line with the government's transformation agenda to increase the people's income as all levels.

"The idea to set up SCORE actually came about before the other development corridors in the country were proposed," he said.

On developing native customary rights (NCR) land, Taib said it was not as easy as thought previously.

He said developing NCR land entailed a change in the people's way of thinking and not just in land development policies.

"If the people want change, they themselves must change their way of thinking as development must move in tandem with the way of thinking and actions, then only will it be successful," he added.


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