MERADONG: The youth are urged to grab any opportunities in realising state’s aspirations to drive the Post-COVID-19 Development Strategy 2030 (PCDS 2030).
In echoing the sentiment, Meradong assemblyman Datuk Ding Kuong Hiing said the state needs a lot of skilled and knowledgeable manpower to achieve the ambition.
He pointed out that investment in human development is very important as an important asset to be the main driving force in developing the state.
In this regard, he said, the Sarawak government through the Sarawak Foundation has established various institutions of higher learning (IPT) and skills institutions in an effort to enable the children of this state to further their education in meeting the needs of the workforce later.
“The younger generation must be aware of the opportunities that will be provided. They will definitely fill those slots that will guarantee a career for them.
“We do not want outsiders to fill positions while local children are merely spectators.
“I am confident that measures and plans introduced and implemented by the government, are actually for the benefit of the people,” he said when officiating at the Meradong Sarawak Education Expo at Bintangor community hall yesterday.
Thus, he said the people, especially school-leavers, should make the best use of the opportunity offered at the event.
The younger generation, he added, must equip themselves with knowledge and skills in line with current needs, so that it can be used to develop the state.
He pointed out that the Sarawak Foundation’s initiative in organising education promotion programmes throughout Sarawak aims to ensure that all students, especially those who have completed their SPM and STPM studies to get the latest information on educational opportunities available in the state.
He then said he hoped such expo could be an annual programme so that students are abreast with the latest information, thus giving them the option to choose a suitable career.
During the programme, school uniform assistance vouchers were also presented to 29 students who excelled in the recent Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam comprising students from SMK Tong Hua, SMK Meradong, SMK Kai Chung and SMK Bandar Bintangor.