Premier suggests DUBS members adopt internship programmes, gives RM100k to kickstart machinery rental initiative

Abang Johari speaking during the DUBS Kuching branch charity dinner. Screenshot taken from an Ukas livestream on Facebook.

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By Christopher Lidom and Chris Bishop

KUCHING, Nov 28: Premier of Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg proposes that Chamber of Sarawak Bumiputera Entrepreneurs (DUBS) members adopt internship programmes.

Abang Johari pointed out human capital needs to be well educated especially in the utilisation of the latest technology in their undertakings.

“You own your company but you employ professional people in your company so that your company can be run professionally,” he said during the DUBS Kuching branch charity dinner held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) which was streamed live via the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) Facebook page, last night.

Abang Johari said companies may employ students who are studying in Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak, and i-CATS University College, including from universities which produce IT personnel who are skilled in new technologies and methods, from a marketing point of view.

“Internship (first) and after that, absorb them into employment if they are good.

“If he’s not good, ‘tak payah lah’ (no need). If he’s good and has high knowledge, and after all, you own the company, you are the ‘tauke’ (boss), so you employ him,” he added.

On the same note, Abang Johari also proposed DUBS have its own construction machinery and rent them to other contractors who have been awarded projects.

He said usually the Bumiputera contractors and entrepreneurs do not have the heavy machinery required for the project awarded to them.

For example, he pointed out, when he was the housing minister, the earth-filling work for Kampung Bako was awarded to a Bumiputera company but the company was unable to do the piling work because they did not have the machinery to do it.

“So they passed it (the work) to a non-Bumiputera company. In the end, the project was delayed. So the project failed.

“So I suggest that let DUBS to have this hardware. Tonight, I give RM100,000 to DUBS Kuching,” he said. — DayakDaily