Only 70,000 registered engineers in the country – Dr Sim

Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Professor Dr Sim Kui Hian (front row, fifth left), during the launching of the ‘IEM Sarawak Engineer’s Run 2018’ which was held at MBKS in Kuching, yesterday.

KUCHING: The state is still short of numbers when it comes to engineers seeing as chemical engineering is among the jobs that are in demand.

This was said by Minister of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Professor Dr Sim Kui Hian, during the launching of the ‘IEM Sarawak Engineer’s Run 2018’ at MBKS, yesterday.

However, Sim said that this meant great news for engineering graduates as more jobs are being created to satisfy these demands.

“Malaysia needs at least 200,000 engineers by 2020 but as of this moment, there are only 70,000 registered engineers in the country,” he said.

On the digital scene, Sim said that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Datuk Abang Openg’s introduction of the ‘Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy Book 2018-2022’ book was his way of stressing on the importance of going digital and turning the state into a developed state by 2030.

“There is a common misconception that digital transformation involves nothing more than installing a new technology platform; roll out the software and everything will miraculously transform around it.
“But digital transformation requires more than just a software implementation; it requires a fundamental change in the way you do things normally.

“In context of Sarawak, this digital transformation would propel Sarawak at the forefront of the digital world,” he said.

In that aspect, he urged engineers to ‘digitalise’ themselves unless they want to be left behind in a competitively digital world.

“As we are gearing ahead towards going digital, engineers should also be ‘digital’ in nature, or in other words, are experts digitally,” said Sim.




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