Include local manpower on project sites

Datuk Julaihi Narawi

KUCHING: Contractors in the state are urged to provide fresh graduates from technical institutions and universities with opportunities to work on project sites.

Infrastructure and Port Development Assistant Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi said it is crucial to cultivate and enhance the skills of technical manpower among the locals for the betterment of the future.

“Despite the enforcement of the movement control order, it is important to have competent and skilful manpower. This is because they contribute to the smoothness and completion of works as scheduled.

“Besides engaging technical manpower and experts from outside, I believe it is important to provide opportunities to the local people, especially fresh graduates by allowing them to work on project sites.

“This is for our own benefit because when there are existing trained technical manpower and experts, they can be employed for future projects” he said during a visit to the Batang Rambungan Bridge project site on Sunday (July 25).

Julaihi added that there are 15 local experts and 16 from China involved in the project.

He said such partnership allows for knowledge and technology transfer.

“We get to learn from those we engaged with from joint ventures. This is one of the greatest things about a joint venture partner because they have the expertise in the field.

“Hence, this is why I am reminding contractors to not forget and include local manpower such as engineers in Sarawak,” he said.