Len (seated centre) flanked by Dr Sabariah (on his right) and Hamden with other dignitaries and the forest guard graduates.

FORESTRY CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION

BY NIA NATASHA HASENAN

KUCHING: The staff members of the Forestry Department Sarawak (FDS) as well as forest guards, who will be serving the state government in the future, are urged to always strive to improve the quality of their services.

Urban Development and Resources Assistant Minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh said they should remain positive, concerned and smart in engaging with customers, apart from serving with integrity and honesty.

“Integrity is the main key to ensure that the responsibility can be smoothly implemented without any obstacles from bureaucracy elements.

“The community demands civil servants who are honest and credible in their services or when they are given the task to take care of the government’s properties or heritage,” he said when officiating at the Certificate Presentation Ceremony for Forestry Guards 2019-2020 Session at Pullman Hotel here today.

A total of 27 individuals received their certificates of participation for completing the Forestry Guards training course.

Len added that the graduates should be proud of their achievements, and that they have indeed proven to themselves, their families and even the community that success can definitely be attained with hard work.

“I believe that during the study period, all the graduates have received enough care, guidance and education to change their perspectives and paradigms in order to face the challenges of life in the future.

“With such a change, all graduates can certainly increase their self-confidence to face whatever careers they will be pursuing,” he said.

Len pointed out that the forest plays an important role in conserving and preserving treasures, which is the flora and fauna.

“Thus, the Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources (MUDeNR) through FDS, in particular, will continue to implement this training programme to produce competent graduates in various forestry fields.

“This is not only important to meet the demand for skilled manpower, but to also produce human capital that will protect Sarawak’s forest treasures,” Len said.

Also present at the event were Deputy State Secretary Datuk Dr Sabariah Putit; FDS director Datuk Hamden Mohammad; State Public Service Commission (SPA) chairman Datuk Abdul Ghafur Shariff; Kepong Selangor Forestry director Azni Rahman Abdul Wahid; deputy director-general of the Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia (Operations and Technical) Mohd Rahim Rani; and MUDeNR permanent secretary Datuk Seri Zaidi Mahdi.