Be job creators, Najib tells youths

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: The government’s goal is to turn job seekers into job creators among the youths, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The Prime Minister said to achieve the goal, the government would ensure that there are sufficient platforms, including providing centres and financing, for young entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses.
“From our surveys, we find that youths are able to become their own bosses and thus create jobs for others if they are provided with assistance to start up (the businesses),” Najib said this at the launching of Gathering of Rising Entrepreneurs, Act Together (GREAT) 2017 at the Magellen Sutera Harbour Resort here, Saturday.
Najib told the 5,000 youngsters at the launch that the government had put in place various programmes for the youths to become entrepreneurs.
These include the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) that was implementing the Impact Driven Enterprise Accreditation (IDEA) programme.
“Its main objective is to give procurement opportunities for those eligible to buy or start up companies,” he said.
Najib said the Sabah Entrepreneurship Institute Council would also help in coordinating initiatives between private and public higher learning institutions and corporate sector in the state.
Najib said the Sabah government should also set up a centre for young entrepreneurs similar to that of Sarawak’s Borneo744 in Kuching.
“If there is a suitable site, I wish to propose the setting-up of a Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs town, making it the second of its kind after Sarawak,” he said.
“We must find ways to increase the participation of young people with education, skills, leadership skills and entrepreneurship,” he said.
He said some young Sabahans have proven their entrepreneurial skills not only in the state but overseas.
“For example, the son of Kinabatangan MP (Datuk Bung Mokthar Radin) partnered with three others from the peninsular to open up a bakery in Metro Manila, Philippines,” he said.
Najib said they recovered their capital just four months into the business and are now making profits.
“There is another person Bashirul Abd Mukti who has been successful in health products.
“Now, I am told he is planning to open a three-star boutique hotel here,” he said, adding that several other young entrepreneurs were operating gyms or fitness centres.
He said that they have been successful through government support.
SOURCE : THE STAR ONLINE
KOTA KINABALU: The government’s goal is to turn job seekers into job creators among the youths, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.
The Prime Minister said to achieve the goal, the government would ensure that there are sufficient platforms, including providing centres and financing, for young entrepreneurs to set up their own businesses.
“From our surveys, we find that youths are able to become their own bosses and thus create jobs for others if they are provided with assistance to start up (the businesses),” Najib said this at the launching of Gathering of Rising Entrepreneurs, Act Together (GREAT) 2017 at the Magellen Sutera Harbour Resort here, Saturday.
Najib told the 5,000 youngsters at the launch that the government had put in place various programmes for the youths to become entrepreneurs.
These include the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) that was implementing the Impact Driven Enterprise Accreditation (IDEA) programme.
“Its main objective is to give procurement opportunities for those eligible to buy or start up companies,” he said.
Najib said the Sabah Entrepreneurship Institute Council would also help in coordinating initiatives between private and public higher learning institutions and corporate sector in the state.
Najib said the Sabah government should also set up a centre for young entrepreneurs similar to that of Sarawak’s Borneo744 in Kuching.
“If there is a suitable site, I wish to propose the setting-up of a Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs town, making it the second of its kind after Sarawak,” he said.
“We must find ways to increase the participation of young people with education, skills, leadership skills and entrepreneurship,” he said.
He said some young Sabahans have proven their entrepreneurial skills not only in the state but overseas.
“For example, the son of Kinabatangan MP (Datuk Bung Mokthar Radin) partnered with three others from the peninsular to open up a bakery in Metro Manila, Philippines,” he said.
Najib said they recovered their capital just four months into the business and are now making profits.
“There is another person Bashirul Abd Mukti who has been successful in health products.
“Now, I am told he is planning to open a three-star boutique hotel here,” he said, adding that several other young entrepreneurs were operating gyms or fitness centres.
He said that they have been successful through government support.
SOURCE : THE STAR ONLINE

Be the boss, PM urges youngsters

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Youngsters can become bosses and create jobs for others if they are provided with assistance to start their own businesses, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Government, he added, would create sufficient platforms, including providing training centres and financing to help the young entrepreneurs.
Najib said this when launching the Gathering of Rising Entrepre­neurs, Act Together (Great) 2017 at the Magellen Sutera Harbour Resort here yesterday.
He told the 5,000-odd youngsters present that some of the programmes already in place included the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), which provided opportunities for eligible participants to buy or start up companies.
image: http://bcp.crwdcntrl.net/5/c=5593/b=40228375
The Sabah Entrepreneurship Institute Council (Makisa), meanwhile, helps in coordinating initiatives between private and public higher learning institutions and the corporate sector in Sabah, which includes entrepreneurial programmes.
The Prime Minister said that the state government should set up a centre for young entrepreneurs in Sabah similar to Sarawak’s Borneo 744.
Borneo 744 is a Blue Ocean Entre­preneurs town, the first of its kind in the country that helps nurture creative talents in entrepreneurship.
“If there is a suitable site, I wish to propose for the setting up of a Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs town, making it the second of its kind after Sarawak.
“We must find ways to increase the participation of young people with education, skills, leadership skills and entrepreneurship,” said Najib.
The Prime Minister said some young Sabahans had proven their entrepreneurial skills not only in the state but also overseas.
As an example, he spoke about the son of Kinabatangan MP (Datuk Bung Mokthar Radin) who partnered with three others from the peninsula to open a bakery in Metro Manila, Philippines.
Najib added that the operators reco­vered their capital just four months into the business and were now making profits.
“There is another person, Bashi­rul Abd Mukti, who has been successful in health products.
“Now, I am told he is planning to open a three-star boutique hotel here,” he said, adding that there were several other young entrepreneurs who had opened gyms and fitness centres.
He added that they were able to succeed in these with support from the Government.
SOURCE: THE STAR
KOTA KINABALU: Youngsters can become bosses and create jobs for others if they are provided with assistance to start their own businesses, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Government, he added, would create sufficient platforms, including providing training centres and financing to help the young entrepreneurs.
Najib said this when launching the Gathering of Rising Entrepre­neurs, Act Together (Great) 2017 at the Magellen Sutera Harbour Resort here yesterday.
He told the 5,000-odd youngsters present that some of the programmes already in place included the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC), which provided opportunities for eligible participants to buy or start up companies.
image: http://bcp.crwdcntrl.net/5/c=5593/b=40228375
The Sabah Entrepreneurship Institute Council (Makisa), meanwhile, helps in coordinating initiatives between private and public higher learning institutions and the corporate sector in Sabah, which includes entrepreneurial programmes.
The Prime Minister said that the state government should set up a centre for young entrepreneurs in Sabah similar to Sarawak’s Borneo 744.
Borneo 744 is a Blue Ocean Entre­preneurs town, the first of its kind in the country that helps nurture creative talents in entrepreneurship.
“If there is a suitable site, I wish to propose for the setting up of a Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs town, making it the second of its kind after Sarawak.
“We must find ways to increase the participation of young people with education, skills, leadership skills and entrepreneurship,” said Najib.
The Prime Minister said some young Sabahans had proven their entrepreneurial skills not only in the state but also overseas.
As an example, he spoke about the son of Kinabatangan MP (Datuk Bung Mokthar Radin) who partnered with three others from the peninsula to open a bakery in Metro Manila, Philippines.
Najib added that the operators reco­vered their capital just four months into the business and were now making profits.
“There is another person, Bashi­rul Abd Mukti, who has been successful in health products.
“Now, I am told he is planning to open a three-star boutique hotel here,” he said, adding that there were several other young entrepreneurs who had opened gyms and fitness centres.
He added that they were able to succeed in these with support from the Government.
SOURCE: THE STAR

Govt proposes Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs town in Sabah

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: The federal government has proposed the establishment of a Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs Town in Sabah, specifically to provide opportunities for the younger generation.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said such a town will be the second in the country after Borneo744 in Kuching, Sarawak.
“We (Federal government) hope an entrepreneurs town will provide more space and opportunities just for the younger generation (in Sabah) to undertake business,” he said when launching the Gathering of Rising Entrepreneurs, Act Together Programme (Great) 2017 here today.
Najib also announced the implementation of the “Impact-Driven Enterprise Accreditation (IDEA)” programme by the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) from this July.
He said the main objective of the programme is to confer social entrepreneurship recognition to impact focused companies, and at the same time, provide courses to uplift their capabilities.
“Through this effort, a registry of capable social entrepreneurship companies will be created,” he added.
Najib said the Sabah Entrepreneurship Institutions Council (Makisa) will be formed as a liaison body between Institutions Of Higher Education (IPT) and corporate bodies for entrepreneurship programmes.
Through the Council, such programmes at the IPT level will be more streamlined, he added.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
KOTA KINABALU: The federal government has proposed the establishment of a Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs Town in Sabah, specifically to provide opportunities for the younger generation.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said such a town will be the second in the country after Borneo744 in Kuching, Sarawak.
“We (Federal government) hope an entrepreneurs town will provide more space and opportunities just for the younger generation (in Sabah) to undertake business,” he said when launching the Gathering of Rising Entrepreneurs, Act Together Programme (Great) 2017 here today.
Najib also announced the implementation of the “Impact-Driven Enterprise Accreditation (IDEA)” programme by the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) from this July.
He said the main objective of the programme is to confer social entrepreneurship recognition to impact focused companies, and at the same time, provide courses to uplift their capabilities.
“Through this effort, a registry of capable social entrepreneurship companies will be created,” he added.
Najib said the Sabah Entrepreneurship Institutions Council (Makisa) will be formed as a liaison body between Institutions Of Higher Education (IPT) and corporate bodies for entrepreneurship programmes.
Through the Council, such programmes at the IPT level will be more streamlined, he added.
SOURCE— BERNAMA

Musa an exemplary leader, says Max

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA MARUDU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman is an exemplary leader.
“He is hardworking and he ensures that the people’s needs are met. He goes on the ground to meet the grassroots in big towns and remote villages, to know firsthand the needs of the people,” Kota Marudu MP, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said.
Dr Maximus who is also Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister added that the Chief Minister was someone who determined to find solutions to the people’s problems.
“And he does that all year-round and every year, unlike the opposition leaders who appear in towns and villages only when the election is approaching.
“We support leaders exemplified by the Chief Minister who works tirelessly to improve people’s lot,” he said after accompanying Musa at the Rungus Cultural Festival in Kampung Teringai Laut here, yesterday.
The festival organised by the Persatuan Rungus Bersatu Sabah was launched by the Chief Minister.
Dr Maximus also said the issue of customary land claims raised by locals involving the Sabah Forestry Development Authority (SAFODA) concession area surrounding Kg Mangin, Kg Tonsom and Kg Sungoi Darat had also been brought to the Chief Minister’s attention.
“I have discussed with the Chief Minister and he agreed to use the communal title approach to excise native customary land that had been developed by natives and which meets the conditions of the Land Ordinance.
“The Chief Minister responded, saying the people’s needs would always be top priority of the government.
“In addition, he (Musa) also acknowledged the potential of Pantai Teringai as a tourism destination, and therefore advised orderly development of the area,” Dr Maximus said.
Also present were Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, Tandek elected representative, Datuk Anita Baranting and Kota Marudu district officer, Arnold Joibi.
SOURCE: NEW SABAH TIMES
KOTA MARUDU: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman is an exemplary leader.
“He is hardworking and he ensures that the people’s needs are met. He goes on the ground to meet the grassroots in big towns and remote villages, to know firsthand the needs of the people,” Kota Marudu MP, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said.
Dr Maximus who is also Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister added that the Chief Minister was someone who determined to find solutions to the people’s problems.
“And he does that all year-round and every year, unlike the opposition leaders who appear in towns and villages only when the election is approaching.
“We support leaders exemplified by the Chief Minister who works tirelessly to improve people’s lot,” he said after accompanying Musa at the Rungus Cultural Festival in Kampung Teringai Laut here, yesterday.
The festival organised by the Persatuan Rungus Bersatu Sabah was launched by the Chief Minister.
Dr Maximus also said the issue of customary land claims raised by locals involving the Sabah Forestry Development Authority (SAFODA) concession area surrounding Kg Mangin, Kg Tonsom and Kg Sungoi Darat had also been brought to the Chief Minister’s attention.
“I have discussed with the Chief Minister and he agreed to use the communal title approach to excise native customary land that had been developed by natives and which meets the conditions of the Land Ordinance.
“The Chief Minister responded, saying the people’s needs would always be top priority of the government.
“In addition, he (Musa) also acknowledged the potential of Pantai Teringai as a tourism destination, and therefore advised orderly development of the area,” Dr Maximus said.
Also present were Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, Tandek elected representative, Datuk Anita Baranting and Kota Marudu district officer, Arnold Joibi.
SOURCE: NEW SABAH TIMES

Young entrepreneurs urged to join CYEA

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : Local

KOTA KINABALU: Young Sabahan entrepreneurs below 40-year-old have been urged to take part in the national JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (CYEA) 2017 to get recognition for their creativity in developing business.
“We must have the spirit of ‘I don’t regret the thing I’ve done’ but regret ‘those things I didn’t do’. Don’t let this opportunity slip away,” called James Yong Chau Leong who is the national winner of CYEA 2012.
He believes whatever he achieved thus far in his business there are bound to be many more Sabahans out there who can perform better than him.
“It’s about breaking your personal limit and out growing ourselves in order to live a better life,” said Yong when sharing his success story during a press conference to call for the nomination of entries from Sabah young entrepreneurs to take part in the national CYEA 2017 in Melaka on Sept 30.
“I believe there are many young people aspiring to start their own business during these economic challenges but there are already some big players in every industry.
“But with sheer hard work and innovativeness, we can create something useful to the market where we can compete with the big players,” said Yong from Kampung Sapong, Tenom.
We must have the courage to take risks and get out from our comfort zone and complacency if we want to move up to greater heights, he shared.
“We must think of new ideas and always strive to develop new contacts and clients to push ourselves to a higher standard,” said Yong who is appointed to be an ambassador for national CYEA 2017.
And through his creativity and passion, Yong was able to explore the opportunity to set up a company focusing on rebuilding used commercial vehicles in Malaysia.
“At 19, without working experience and working capital, I was thinking of starting my own business. The only capital I have was ‘creative business acumen,” disclosed Yong.
And today, he established the Aulis Group whose core business is on rebuilt automotive which sold at reasonable prices to serve the local small and medium industries across Sabah.
The current trend of IT industry saw them set up eAulis Sdn Bhd specialising in developing online system for automotive industry.
“We have launched an online trade platform app called ‘d2d.my’. Our company vision is to provide more apps such as eBooking, eWallet, ePayment, eFinance, eBid and eInfo,” disclosed Yong.
SOURCE: NEW SABAH TIMES
KOTA KINABALU: Young Sabahan entrepreneurs below 40-year-old have been urged to take part in the national JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (CYEA) 2017 to get recognition for their creativity in developing business.
“We must have the spirit of ‘I don’t regret the thing I’ve done’ but regret ‘those things I didn’t do’. Don’t let this opportunity slip away,” called James Yong Chau Leong who is the national winner of CYEA 2012.
He believes whatever he achieved thus far in his business there are bound to be many more Sabahans out there who can perform better than him.
“It’s about breaking your personal limit and out growing ourselves in order to live a better life,” said Yong when sharing his success story during a press conference to call for the nomination of entries from Sabah young entrepreneurs to take part in the national CYEA 2017 in Melaka on Sept 30.
“I believe there are many young people aspiring to start their own business during these economic challenges but there are already some big players in every industry.
“But with sheer hard work and innovativeness, we can create something useful to the market where we can compete with the big players,” said Yong from Kampung Sapong, Tenom.
We must have the courage to take risks and get out from our comfort zone and complacency if we want to move up to greater heights, he shared.
“We must think of new ideas and always strive to develop new contacts and clients to push ourselves to a higher standard,” said Yong who is appointed to be an ambassador for national CYEA 2017.
And through his creativity and passion, Yong was able to explore the opportunity to set up a company focusing on rebuilding used commercial vehicles in Malaysia.
“At 19, without working experience and working capital, I was thinking of starting my own business. The only capital I have was ‘creative business acumen,” disclosed Yong.
And today, he established the Aulis Group whose core business is on rebuilt automotive which sold at reasonable prices to serve the local small and medium industries across Sabah.
The current trend of IT industry saw them set up eAulis Sdn Bhd specialising in developing online system for automotive industry.
“We have launched an online trade platform app called ‘d2d.my’. Our company vision is to provide more apps such as eBooking, eWallet, ePayment, eFinance, eBid and eInfo,” disclosed Yong.
SOURCE: NEW SABAH TIMES
KOTA KINABALU: Young Sabahan entrepreneurs below 40-year-old have been urged to take part in the national JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (CYEA) 2017 to get recognition for their creativity in developing business.
“We must have the spirit of ‘I don’t regret the thing I’ve done’ but regret ‘those things I didn’t do’. Don’t let this opportunity slip away,” called James Yong Chau Leong who is the national winner of CYEA 2012.
He believes whatever he achieved thus far in his business there are bound to be many more Sabahans out there who can perform better than him.
“It’s about breaking your personal limit and out growing ourselves in order to live a better life,” said Yong when sharing his success story during a press conference to call for the nomination of entries from Sabah young entrepreneurs to take part in the national CYEA 2017 in Melaka on Sept 30.
“I believe there are many young people aspiring to start their own business during these economic challenges but there are already some big players in every industry.
“But with sheer hard work and innovativeness, we can create something useful to the market where we can compete with the big players,” said Yong from Kampung Sapong, Tenom.
We must have the courage to take risks and get out from our comfort zone and complacency if we want to move up to greater heights, he shared.
“We must think of new ideas and always strive to develop new contacts and clients to push ourselves to a higher standard,” said Yong who is appointed to be an ambassador for national CYEA 2017.
And through his creativity and passion, Yong was able to explore the opportunity to set up a company focusing on rebuilding used commercial vehicles in Malaysia.
“At 19, without working experience and working capital, I was thinking of starting my own business. The only capital I have was ‘creative business acumen,” disclosed Yong.
And today, he established the Aulis Group whose core business is on rebuilt automotive which sold at reasonable prices to serve the local small and medium industries across Sabah.
The current trend of IT industry saw them set up eAulis Sdn Bhd specialising in developing online system for automotive industry.
“We have launched an online trade platform app called ‘d2d.my’. Our company vision is to provide more apps such as eBooking, eWallet, ePayment, eFinance, eBid and eInfo,” disclosed Yong.
SOURCE: NEW SABAH TIMES

Govt to continue supporting Mara’s programs – CM

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

KOTA KINABALU: The State Government will continue to support Majlis Amanah Rakyat’s (Mara) effort and initiative in offering programmes aimed at producing quality and competent human capital by involving more Sabahan students in technical and vocational education (TVET).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said this aspect was important to enhance the living standard of people and elevate the State’s development in order to transform the economy of Sabah.
He said Institute Kemahiran Mara (IKM) had produced 2,697 skilled graduates who secured jobs at ease since its inception.
“This is proven with the marketability status done in 2014 whereby 45.3 per cent (of Mara graduates) were working, 22.9 per cent furthered their studies, 4.6 per cent were upgrading their skills while the rest were awaiting job placement.”
Musa said the State Government was also proud to learn that two Sabahan bumiputera graduates who undertook the automotive programme in IKM Kota Kinabalu have furthered their studies in Deutscher Industrie Meister International German in Metal Foundation as a result of collaboration between Mara and Mercedes Benz.
Musa stated this in his speech, which was delivered by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, who represented the Chief Minister at the 10th IKM Kota Kinabalu convocation here yesterday.
He said the education landscape of the country had undergone major changes.
“The role of technical and vocational education system has moved from Ivory Tower Mentality to a more holistic role through inclusiveness and utilization of expertise in skills-based institutions.”
To propel the state development to a higher level, Musa said we needed people, especially youths, who possessed both knowledge and skills.
“As such, the State Government is committed to intensify efforts that will enhance the potential of youths by providing clear direction, career and skills training opportunities.”
He thereby urged IKM to continue its focus on strengthening TVET to ensure youngsters acquired expertise and skills to spur the productivity of the workforce with the target to achieve a 35 per cent skilled workforce by 2020, in line with core sectors outlined in Sabah’s Strategic Long Term Action Plan (2016-2035).
Musa also urged the younger generation in Sabah to enroll in courses and programmes offered by IKM Kota Kinabalu as the skill-based courses were aligned with the core sectors in the Sabah’s Strategic Long Term Action Plan.
Meanwhile, Mara interim chairman Datuk Dr Haji Yusof bin Haji Yacob said the government though the Rural and Regional Development Ministry had provided a huge allocation to Mara to carry out human capital development programmes.
“In Sabah only, Mara has set up an IKM and 27 GiatMara centres to provide opportunities for Sabahans to further their studies, especially in skill-based sectors.”
He said Mara was also currently building a Mara Junior Science College in Ranau, the fourth in Sabah after the establishment of the college in Sandakan, Semporna and Kota Kinabalu.
Yusof added that the marketability of Mara graduates had risen to 85 per cent which showed that Mara’s education development plan had successfully produced competitive graduates who could face future challenges.
He said Mara’s priority was to provide education and encourage entrepreneurship among its students.
“We hope graduates from IKM or Mara are able to become entrepreneurs, set up their own businesses and be job creators who can provide job opportunities to others.”
As such, he said Mara is working with industry players, colleges and other institutions to add value on its graduates, such as Proton, EON and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
Additionally, Yusof said the synergy between the Entrepreneurship Sector and Education Sector of Mara had produced the Mara Start-up Accelerator Programme (MSEAD).
MSEAD aims to produce more high-income job creators who also possess the philanthropy spirit.
“In 2016, more than 1,300 students’ companies have registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and these students are actively running businesses during the duration of their studies.
“Based on records, the sales value of these companies amounted to RM5 million in 2016 alone.”
To the graduates, Yusof urged them to aspire to become entrepreneurs to create job opportunities for others through the companies they own.
A total of 579 graduates who studied in IKM Kota Kinabalu from 2015 to 2016 received their certificates for completing their courses, which included electricity engineering technology, air-conditioning and cooling engineering technology, automotive engineering technology, vehicle body repair technology, building engineering technology and architecture.
The event also saw six graduates who received the Best Academic Award, five presented with the Best Graduate Awards of the session and four obtained the Special Industry Award.
The Entrepreneur Award and Overall Best Student Award were also presented to Rizwan bin Jalang and Mohd Syamshul Ariffin bin Ayub respectively.
SOURCE: THE BORNEO POST
KOTA KINABALU: The State Government will continue to support Majlis Amanah Rakyat’s (Mara) effort and initiative in offering programmes aimed at producing quality and competent human capital by involving more Sabahan students in technical and vocational education (TVET).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman said this aspect was important to enhance the living standard of people and elevate the State’s development in order to transform the economy of Sabah.
He said Institute Kemahiran Mara (IKM) had produced 2,697 skilled graduates who secured jobs at ease since its inception.
“This is proven with the marketability status done in 2014 whereby 45.3 per cent (of Mara graduates) were working, 22.9 per cent furthered their studies, 4.6 per cent were upgrading their skills while the rest were awaiting job placement.”
Musa said the State Government was also proud to learn that two Sabahan bumiputera graduates who undertook the automotive programme in IKM Kota Kinabalu have furthered their studies in Deutscher Industrie Meister International German in Metal Foundation as a result of collaboration between Mara and Mercedes Benz.
Musa stated this in his speech, which was delivered by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, who represented the Chief Minister at the 10th IKM Kota Kinabalu convocation here yesterday.
He said the education landscape of the country had undergone major changes.
“The role of technical and vocational education system has moved from Ivory Tower Mentality to a more holistic role through inclusiveness and utilization of expertise in skills-based institutions.”
To propel the state development to a higher level, Musa said we needed people, especially youths, who possessed both knowledge and skills.
“As such, the State Government is committed to intensify efforts that will enhance the potential of youths by providing clear direction, career and skills training opportunities.”
He thereby urged IKM to continue its focus on strengthening TVET to ensure youngsters acquired expertise and skills to spur the productivity of the workforce with the target to achieve a 35 per cent skilled workforce by 2020, in line with core sectors outlined in Sabah’s Strategic Long Term Action Plan (2016-2035).
Musa also urged the younger generation in Sabah to enroll in courses and programmes offered by IKM Kota Kinabalu as the skill-based courses were aligned with the core sectors in the Sabah’s Strategic Long Term Action Plan.
Meanwhile, Mara interim chairman Datuk Dr Haji Yusof bin Haji Yacob said the government though the Rural and Regional Development Ministry had provided a huge allocation to Mara to carry out human capital development programmes.
“In Sabah only, Mara has set up an IKM and 27 GiatMara centres to provide opportunities for Sabahans to further their studies, especially in skill-based sectors.”
He said Mara was also currently building a Mara Junior Science College in Ranau, the fourth in Sabah after the establishment of the college in Sandakan, Semporna and Kota Kinabalu.
Yusof added that the marketability of Mara graduates had risen to 85 per cent which showed that Mara’s education development plan had successfully produced competitive graduates who could face future challenges.
He said Mara’s priority was to provide education and encourage entrepreneurship among its students.
“We hope graduates from IKM or Mara are able to become entrepreneurs, set up their own businesses and be job creators who can provide job opportunities to others.”
As such, he said Mara is working with industry players, colleges and other institutions to add value on its graduates, such as Proton, EON and Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB).
Additionally, Yusof said the synergy between the Entrepreneurship Sector and Education Sector of Mara had produced the Mara Start-up Accelerator Programme (MSEAD).
MSEAD aims to produce more high-income job creators who also possess the philanthropy spirit.
“In 2016, more than 1,300 students’ companies have registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and these students are actively running businesses during the duration of their studies.
“Based on records, the sales value of these companies amounted to RM5 million in 2016 alone.”
To the graduates, Yusof urged them to aspire to become entrepreneurs to create job opportunities for others through the companies they own.
A total of 579 graduates who studied in IKM Kota Kinabalu from 2015 to 2016 received their certificates for completing their courses, which included electricity engineering technology, air-conditioning and cooling engineering technology, automotive engineering technology, vehicle body repair technology, building engineering technology and architecture.
The event also saw six graduates who received the Best Academic Award, five presented with the Best Graduate Awards of the session and four obtained the Special Industry Award.
The Entrepreneur Award and Overall Best Student Award were also presented to Rizwan bin Jalang and Mohd Syamshul Ariffin bin Ayub respectively.
SOURCE: THE BORNEO POST

No cabotage policy from June 1

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National Business

SANDAKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced the abolishment of the cabotage policy for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan starting from June 1, 2017.
Najib said leaders from Sabah and Sarawak have been continuously requesting for the policy to be reviewed as it is said to be the cause of high prices in both states.
However, the policy would still be applicable to cargo shipping operations within Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.
Najib said this during the launching of the Ekpresi NegaraKu programme at the Sandakan municipal field here yesterday.
The cabotage policy was enforced since 30 years ago in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan and it functions to control goods shipped from the peninsula to Sabah and Sarawak.
SOURCE :THE BORNEO POST
SANDAKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced the abolishment of the cabotage policy for Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan starting from June 1, 2017.
Najib said leaders from Sabah and Sarawak have been continuously requesting for the policy to be reviewed as it is said to be the cause of high prices in both states.
However, the policy would still be applicable to cargo shipping operations within Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan.
Najib said this during the launching of the Ekpresi NegaraKu programme at the Sandakan municipal field here yesterday.
The cabotage policy was enforced since 30 years ago in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan and it functions to control goods shipped from the peninsula to Sabah and Sarawak.
SOURCE :THE BORNEO POST

‘Opposition has no positive agenda for nation’s future’

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National

SANDAKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opposition does not have any  positive agenda for the nation and that the people cannot depend on them to ensure a future which is progressive and prosperous.
He said the parties and their leaders in the opposition could only “attack” and criticise the government with accusations which were illogical and irrational.
“Like for example  when the price of petrol went up (because the price of oil in the international market went up), they said the Prime Minister (PM) increased it. Who did they (the opposition) blame? The PM.
“When the price of petrol came down, they said it was the market price (because the price came down in the global market). That is not fair. If the price goes up, I am criticised, if the price comes down, then I should be praised,” he said.
Najib  said this when officiating the ‘Ekpresi Negaraku’ programme at the Sandakan Municipal Field here yesterday.
He said another example was that when the government brought in Chinese investors, the opposition accused it of selling off the country’s sovereignty, but when the government made the decision to cancel an investment agreement, the opposition questioned that too.
As such, Najib said, the people cannot place their hopes on the opposition parties and leadership because their struggle was for their own political interests and not for the future of the people and nation.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
SANDAKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the opposition does not have any  positive agenda for the nation and that the people cannot depend on them to ensure a future which is progressive and prosperous.
He said the parties and their leaders in the opposition could only “attack” and criticise the government with accusations which were illogical and irrational.
“Like for example  when the price of petrol went up (because the price of oil in the international market went up), they said the Prime Minister (PM) increased it. Who did they (the opposition) blame? The PM.
“When the price of petrol came down, they said it was the market price (because the price came down in the global market). That is not fair. If the price goes up, I am criticised, if the price comes down, then I should be praised,” he said.
Najib  said this when officiating the ‘Ekpresi Negaraku’ programme at the Sandakan Municipal Field here yesterday.
He said another example was that when the government brought in Chinese investors, the opposition accused it of selling off the country’s sovereignty, but when the government made the decision to cancel an investment agreement, the opposition questioned that too.
As such, Najib said, the people cannot place their hopes on the opposition parties and leadership because their struggle was for their own political interests and not for the future of the people and nation.
SOURCE— BERNAMA

Patriotic spirit a must in each Malaysian — Najib

Posted on : 07-05-2017 | By : sabah today | In : National, Uncategorized

SANDAKAN: The patriotic spirit and willingness to do whatever it takes to defend the sovereignty of the country must be omnipresent in each Malaysian, said  Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said if  love for the nation and willingness to sacrifice to defend the country were deep-rooted in the hearts  of all Malaysians, no one would dare to challenge the country’s sovereignty.
“We know that if have the patriotic spirit, our nation will forge ahead because no enemy whether internal of external will dare to do anything to damage it or try to topple the government that has been duly elected by the people,” he said.
Najib said this when officiating the ‘Ekspresi Negaraku’programme at Padang Perbandaran Sandakan here yesterday.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Communications and Multimedia Minister  Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He reminded the people on the danger posed by “wolves in sheep’s clothing” among Malaysians saying Malaysian security forces personnel suffered because of this during the intrusion into Sabah by Sulu militants in 2013.
Najib, in recalling the sacrifices by Supt Ibrahim Lebar who was from the peninsula, said the soldier and his colleagues, who were on duty in Semporna, were killed in the incident because there was a policeman who leaked out information on the operation to the enemy.
“I want to tell all of you here that if we are united and love our country, no enemy from outside can cause harm and threaten Sabah soil,” he added.
The prime minister said that the government had spent RM323 million this year for the Eastern Sabah Security Zone  (ESSZone)  operation.
“Until today, alhamdulillah, the ESSZone area is safe. I have been informed that many tourists are going to Semporna.”
“The tourism industry prospers in the east coast, why? (Its) because of government contributions, both from the state and federal government,” he said.
As such, Najib reminded all quarters to not try to put the state and federal governments at loggerheads because the state and federal government were like one family and had the same objective which was to bring prosperity to Sabah and its people.
Najib said the Sabah people should not be swayed by the slogan ‘Sabah For Sabah’ because as the prime minister, he would do the best for the state and its people.
For example, he said, Sabah received the biggest development allocation from the federal government for two years under the 11th Malaysia Plan, totalling RM9 billion, which was 10.3 per cent of the federal government’s budget.
“We also did something more than what is expected or thought of by the people, like Phase 1 of the Pan Borneo Expressway for Sabah. The Sabah people have waited for 25 years for the expressway.
“Somebody became a prime minister for 22 years, but did not implement Pan Borneo for Sabah. I may not be (prime minister) for 22 years, but had carried out the Pan Borneo Expressway and with no toll charge,” he said.
SOURCE— BERNAMA
SANDAKAN: The patriotic spirit and willingness to do whatever it takes to defend the sovereignty of the country must be omnipresent in each Malaysian, said  Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Prime Minister said if  love for the nation and willingness to sacrifice to defend the country were deep-rooted in the hearts  of all Malaysians, no one would dare to challenge the country’s sovereignty.
“We know that if have the patriotic spirit, our nation will forge ahead because no enemy whether internal of external will dare to do anything to damage it or try to topple the government that has been duly elected by the people,” he said.
Najib said this when officiating the ‘Ekspresi Negaraku’programme at Padang Perbandaran Sandakan here yesterday.
Also present were Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and Communications and Multimedia Minister  Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.
He reminded the people on the danger posed by “wolves in sheep’s clothing” among Malaysians saying Malaysian security forces personnel suffered because of this during the intrusion into Sabah by Sulu militants in 2013.
Najib, in recalling the sacrifices by Supt Ibrahim Lebar who was from the peninsula, said the soldier and his colleagues, who were on duty in Semporna, were killed in the incident because there was a policeman who leaked out information on the operation to the enemy.
“I want to tell all of you here that if we are united and love our country, no enemy from outside can cause harm and threaten Sabah soil,” he added.
The prime minister said that the government had spent RM323 million this year for the Eastern Sabah Security Zone  (ESSZone)  operation.
“Until today, alhamdulillah, the ESSZone area is safe. I have been informed that many tourists are going to Semporna.”
“The tourism industry prospers in the east coast, why? (Its) because of government contributions, both from the state and federal government,” he said.
As such, Najib reminded all quarters to not try to put the state and federal governments at loggerheads because the state and federal government were like one family and had the same objective which was to bring prosperity to Sabah and its people.
Najib said the Sabah people should not be swayed by the slogan ‘Sabah For Sabah’ because as the prime minister, he would do the best for the state and its people.
For example, he said, Sabah received the biggest development allocation from the federal government for two years under the 11th Malaysia Plan, totalling RM9 billion, which was 10.3 per cent of the federal government’s budget.
“We also did something more than what is expected or thought of by the people, like Phase 1 of the Pan Borneo Expressway for Sabah. The Sabah people have waited for 25 years for the expressway.
“Somebody became a prime minister for 22 years, but did not implement Pan Borneo for Sabah. I may not be (prime minister) for 22 years, but had carried out the Pan Borneo Expressway and with no toll charge,” he said.
SOURCE— BERNAMA