KUCHING: Investing in the development of human capital is important as it is the main driving force in the state’s march towards progress.
In stating this, Deputy Minister in the Sarawak Premier’s Department (Law, MA63 and State-Federal Relations) Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali said the younger generation should therefore equip themselves with knowledge and skills that are in line with current needs.
“The younger generation is an important asset to develop the state and shape the direction in moving forward for both the state and the nation.
“Therefore, it is very important for this generation to do their best by seizing the opportunities provided to them and contributing to jointly develop the state,” she said during the Majlis Ekspo Pendidikan Peringkat Daerah Kuching at Dewan SK (A) Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir Hassan today.
She said for Sarawak to become a developed State by 2030, it would need to increase its economic growth to between six and eight percent by 2030 and become a digital economic power as well as have excellent infrastructure and utilities so that the rakyat can enjoy high incomes.
“To achieve this, a skilled and knowledgeable workforce is required and this is where the younger generation comes in. They should be aware of the opportunities that are provided for them.
“With them being equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills, it will surely guarantee a career for them. We do not want outsiders to fill the vacancies while the local graduates are left jobless,” she stressed.
On the expo, Hasidah stated that it is a platform for school leavers to get the latest information on courses and fields of study offered by the institutions.
“I am confident that the organisation of this expo in all districts statewide will be able to address the issue of students being unable to further their studies due to logistical issues or being in a remote place and so on, even though they have the qualifications in hand.
“On top of that, those who meet the criteria, will also receive sponsorship from the Sarawak Foundation to further their studies. This means that financial problems are not a major issue for the students to improve themselves.
“With the expo held statewide, I call on all students to use this opportunity to make the best out of it, especially the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) graduates,” she added.