Sarawak invests in three universities to meet demand for skilled labor, says Awang Tengah
SIBU: Sarawak has invested in three private universities to meet demand for skilled and talented workers in the state’s industrial sector, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan (Photo).
He said the three universities are Swinburne University in Kuching, Curtin University in Miri and Sarawak University of Technology (UTS) in Sibu.
“Education is crucial and we want every Sarawakan to have the opportunity to study up to university level locally or abroad.
“It had been the state government’s priority to develop human capital so that a skilled and talented workforce was constantly available in line with Sarawak’s rapid industrial development. “
He said this at the launch of the book “Sarawak Maritime Industries: A Catalyst for Economic Growth” – The Book of Sarawak 2021 published by the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal & Entrepreneur Development Sarawak in collaboration with the Sarawak Maritime Industries Association. (Samin) here, Saturday (November 20) evening.
Awang Tengah said that Sarawak’s shipbuilding and repair industry has developed and adopted innovative designs and quality manufacturing that meet global standards and has contributed significantly to the economy of the country. State.
He added that the industry generated exports worth RM 279 million in 2018, RM 349 million in 2019 and RM 260 million in 2020, despite movement and travel restrictions following the pandemic of Covid-19.
Awang Tengah, who is also Minister of International Trade and Industry, Industrial Terminal and Entrepreneur Development, said the maritime industry is one of the main pillars of Sarawak’s economic growth and an important component of the Post-Covid-19 2030 Development Strategy (PCDS 2030).
He said political stability, made possible by the administration of the Gabungan Party Sarawak (GPS), was one of the reasons that attracted foreign investors to invest in the state, thereby strengthening its economy.
“Despite the Covid-19 situation, Sarawak managed to attract RM15.7 million of investment in 2020 which is Malaysia’s second highest after Selangor and in recent years Sarawak has been in the top four investment destinations of the country, ”he added. -Bernama