Get rid of negative perception on technical education: Abdul Taib

SAMARAHAN (Nov 30, 2013): The expansion of the industrial sector in the state should eliminate any misconception on the future of students who continue their studies in the technical field.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said society must rid itself of the misconception that job opportunities were limited for students who took technical studies as the state economic landscape had changed.

"There are still students who are hesitant about opting for the technical field as a first choice with the assumption that opportunity is limited.

This is not true. In the past it was true as the industrial sector in the state was only at 10%, now it has gone up to 26%.

"Furthermore, more job opportunities in the technical sector will also emerge via projects in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy," he said in his speech when opening the 2013 Sarawak Education Expo 'A Journey of Progress' here, today.

Also present was assistant Minister in the Chief Minister's office (Technical Education Promotion) Datuk Len Talif Salleh.

Abdul Taib said, looking at the expansion in the industrial sector, students must take the opportunity, prepare themselves and target their achievements in the future.

In the meantime, Abdul Taib also praised the move taken by agencies such as the Sarawak Foundation to spend RM30 million for higher education aid and promoting technical education among students in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, Len Talif, who is also Sarawak Bumiputera Economic Coalition Fund (TEGAS), said the promotion implementation performance by TEGAS was something to be proud of when it approached 125,000 students from Form Three to form six statewide to encourage them to take up technical studies. – Bernama