Friday, January 1, 2010

DUN Sitting (Day Six): Sarawak Foundation Aid For All Sarawakians, says Fatimah

(Nov 08, 2010)

KUCHING -- All the people of Sarawak are entitled to educational opportunities and aid from the Sarawak Foundation, with priority given to the low-income group in accordance with the academic achievement of the student, the state assembly was told Monday.

Minister in the Chief Minister's Office Datin Fatimah Abdullah said RM30 million had been allocated for educational aid schemes such as scholarships and loans from the school to the tertiary institution level.

"The government wishes to see the Sarawak Foundation, through various educational initiatives, create a knowledgeable and competitive generation capable of fulfilling the manpower needs of today and the future," she said when winding up debate on her ministry.

She said the offer of educational aid also took into account the courses attended, with priority given to meeting the critical needs of Sarawak such as engineering, quantity survey and land survey, and post-graduate professional education offered by the Yayasan Biasiswa Sarawak Tunku Abdul Rahman (YBSTAR).

Fatimah also said that skills training to meet the need for skilled and semi-skilled manpower would be given primary attention under the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011-2015).

She said the manpower needs in various categories in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) by 2030 involved 43,527 in the professional group, 82,094 in the engineering and technical group, 216,881 in the semi-skilled group and 493,460 in the non-skilled group.

Sarawak has 78 technical and vocational training institutes which offered various forms of technical training covering electronics, manufacturing, construction, agriculture, poultry and livestock farming, plantation and tourism.


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